Illinois coal ash site polluted groundwater, agency rules

EFFICIENCY:
• Besides phasing out coal, a recent settlement between Xcel Energy and clean energy advocates also calls for a major ramp-up of energy efficiency in Minnesota. (Energy News Network)
• A new analysis finds that the average Ohioan’s electric bill is $2 lower each month because of how the state’s existing energy efficiency standards affect market prices. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: An Illinois regulatory agency rules that a coal plant along the Lake Michigan shoreline polluted groundwater with coal ash. (Lake County News-Sun)

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Developer plans to double Dakota Access pipeline capacity

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners plans to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

ALSO: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an anchor drop near gas pipelines in the Detroit River highlights the need for action on Line 5. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR: Wisconsin regulators approve expanded community solar as well as “rent-a-roof” programs that advocates say harm ratepayers.

Pollinator-friendly solar is the norm in Minnesota

POLITICS: Presidential candidate Jay Inslee calls on MidAmerican Energy to stop burning coal in new campaign ads in Iowa. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Pollinator-friendly plantings at large solar projects have become the norm in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A Wisconsin school district partners with We Energies and a developer on a planned 2 MW solar project. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Line 3 pipeline faces more delays in Minnesota

PIPELINES: A campaign to convince Michigan residents to support a tunnel project for the Line 5 pipeline intensifies after negotiations between the state and the pipeline owner fall apart. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Officials at a refinery in Toledo worry that decommissioning Line 5 could force it to close. (Toledo Blade)
• Minnesota agencies say a permitting timeline for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement needs to be revised, likely delaying the project further. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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Michigan solar pricing program slowing demand, installers say

TRANSMISSION: The developer of a planned $500 million transmission line through southern Wisconsin dismisses battery storage for an alternative as a “non-starter.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES: Enbridge moves forward with $40 million in preconstruction work for a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, though state officials maintain the company is not permitted to start construction. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR:
• Michigan solar installers say a new program that replaces net metering is already slowing demand from customers who say it’s difficult to calculate a payback period. (Michigan Radio)
• Ohio advocates say hiring remains a barrier for inmates who are trained in solar installations before being released.