ILLINOIS: A federal investigation into Illinois’ largest power companies’ lobbying activities is widely seen as having torpedoed chances of passing new statewide clean energy legislation. (Energy News Network)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota utilities re-examine demand charges to prevent them from dramatically skewing bills of businesses that offer fast-charging electric vehicle stations. (Energy News Network)
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• Enbridge denies a report’s findings that it would not necessarily be liable for potential oil spill cleanup costs in the Straits of Mackinac.
SOLAR: Illinois’ Solar for All program is leading to solar projects that will save money for residents and organizations in low-income and environmental justice areas. (Energy News Network)
• Alliant Energy joins other Midwest utilities planning a large-scale solar build out in the coming years as costs decline and federal tax credits begin to phase out. (Greentech Media)
• Officials in Racine, Wisconsin, will hold a town hall-style meeting this week to discuss the city’s solar energy potential. (Racine Journal Times)
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SOLAR: A solar project at a former industrial site in northern Michigan highlights the opportunities and challenges ahead for “brownfield to brightfield” development. (Energy News Network)
• Local officials approve plans for a 100 MW solar project in southeastern Iowa. (Muscatine Journal)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign legislation that clarifies tax exemptions for small-scale solar installations. (MiBiz)
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PIPELINES: The Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota, the pipeline’s second major spill in two years. (Washington Post)
• A smaller incident spills 8,400 gallons of oil on pastureland in western North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• A Michigan judge rules in favor of Enbridge’s plan to build a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 pipeline; Attorney General Dana Nessel plans to appeal. (Bridge Magazine)
• Nessel’s office releases a report raising concerns about Enbridge’s willingness to pay for damages in the event of a spill. (Detroit Free Press)
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