Line 5 pipeline temporarily shut down following court order

PIPELINES: A Michigan judge orders Enbridge to temporarily shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, citing a lack of disclosure following significant damage last week to one of the line’s anchor supports. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Minnesota regulators uphold permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion after challenges from tribes, environmental groups and a state agency. (MPR News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A new report details clean energy job losses in the Midwest since the pandemic and recommends policies to jumpstart the industry that had been growing faster than the broader economy. (Wisconsin State Journal)

WIND: Wind energy component shipments are benefitting a southeastern Michigan port, which is handling 40 wind tower segments every eight days as part of its largest project to date.

Minnesota AG sues oil companies claiming climate change deception

CLIMATE: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison sues major fossil fuel companies, claiming they have deceived consumers for decades about climate change through fraud, trade practices and false statements in advertising. (Star Tribune)

ALSO: Recent heavy rains that caused two Michigan dams to fail signal the need for more renewable energy in the state, climate activists say. (Midland Daily News)

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EFFICIENCY: Clean energy advocates are optimistic that Kansas City, Missouri, officials will adopt the strongest building codes in the country that includes new energy efficiency standards.

VP Pence to attend unveiling of electric pickup truck in Ohio

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vice President Mike Pence will be in Ohio tomorrow for the unveiling of a startup company’s new electric pickup truck built at GM’s former Lordstown plant. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ climate change task force kicked off a series of listening sessions this week on the state’s climate challenges and ways cities are addressing them with carbon reduction goals. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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NATURAL GAS: DTE Energy’s natural gas subsidiary announces a net zero emissions goal by 2050, relying on emissions reductions through suppliers, customers and upgrading infrastructure.

Michigan AG asks court to temporarily shut down Line 5

PIPELINES: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel asks a judge to temporarily shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after damage to an anchor support was found last week. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota are among states opposed to the Trump administration’s new rules to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas as court disputes surround pipeline projects. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: An Illinois agreement that extends the state’s moratorium on utility shut-offs and provides nearly $50 million in ratepayer relief could be a model for other states, consumers advocates say.

Enbridge partially reopens Line 5 after ‘significant damage’

PIPELINES: Enbridge has partially reopened the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after shutting it down due to “significant damage” to an anchor support. (Detroit News, Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she was “taken aback to learn the company has unilaterally resumed operation … without even opportunity for discussion.” (Bridge Magazine)
• The U.S. EPA last week fined Enbridge $6.7 million for what it called an inadequate response to damage to its Midwest pipeline system. (Detroit Free Press)

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GEOTHERMAL: A heat exchange technology developed at the University of Minnesota could help shrink the cost and footprint of geothermal systems by tapping into aquifers.