Utility-scale solar gains steam in the Midwest as costs drop

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)

ALSO:
• 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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Wind energy still faces uncertain future in Wisconsin

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)

ALSO:
• 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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Keystone Pipeline spill among largest in North Dakota

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)

ALSO:
• 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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Keystone pipeline spill in North Dakota contained, volume unknown

WIND: Revenue from wind turbine leases helped provide steady income for some Ohio farmers during a bad growing season. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A Keystone pipeline leak in northeastern North Dakota spans 1,500 feet in length, though the volume of oil spilled is unknown. (Forum News Service)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Hundreds gathered at the Illinois Capitol to support carbon-cutting legislation that has stalled amid a federal investigation into utilities.

Wisconsin lawmakers advance pipeline protest bill

ACTIVISM: A Wisconsin Senate committee advances a bill making it a felony to trespass on land associated with oil or gas companies and pipelines. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• President Trump’s close ties to Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray couldn’t save the company from bankruptcy. (E&E News, subscription)
• Murray Energy’s bankruptcy proceedings could jeopardize a pension fund for about 86,000 retired miners. (Huffington Post)

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