Michigan AG files suit to shut down Line 5 pipeline

PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general files a lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, claiming it violates the public trust doctrine and environmental laws. (Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that Enbridge doesn’t need to carry additional insurance as it expands the capacity of a pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Peoples Gas plans to remove a gas main pipeline in Chicago that has been in place since 1859. (Associated Press)

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OHIO:
• A bill to limit certain constitutional challenges in Ohio was conceived in response to a court case over how the state adopted its wind turbine setback rules, emails show.

Illinois smart meter data illustrates demographic divides in electricity use

GRID: Low-income ratepayers in Illinois could be paying more than their fair share to use the grid because they use less electricity during peak times than higher-income customers, a new study shows. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: Illinois environmental groups want strict measures to deal with coal ash contamination at four NRG power plants after state regulators ruled the company is to blame for groundwater pollution at the sites. (Energy News Network)

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OHIO:
• A state Senate committee rewrites a bill to provide $150 million a year, at least temporarily, to save two FirstEnergy nuclear plants while also scaling back clean energy standards. (Toledo Blade)
• If Ohio lawmakers pass a nuclear bailout, a group led by natural gas investors says it will attempt to override the legislation with a public vote in 2020.

Ohio Republicans move quickly to replace nuclear subsidy bill

NUCLEAR: Ohio Senate Republicans move quickly to draft a substitute bill to support two nuclear plants before lawmakers break for the summer. (Utility Dive, Toledo Blade)

ILLINOIS: Ratepayer advocates raise concerns about how ComEd’s proposed time-of-use rate pilot program would impact customers. (Energy News Network)

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POLICY: Major public utility executives say federal policy like the Affordable Clean Energy rule is far less important to their planning than states’ rules.

FirstEnergy says it can’t share details on nuclear plant finances

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy says it can’t disclose to lawmakers or the public the unprofitability of two nuclear plants due to ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

STORAGE: An industry group recruits Missouri gas stations for a pilot project to test how lead-acid batteries could help level power demand at electric vehicle charging stations. (Energy News Network)

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FRAC SAND: Wisconsin frac sand mining operations are increasingly dormant as competition grows in Oklahoma and Texas.