Midwest Energy News

3 Midwest states join lawsuit challenging EPA over vehicle emissions

UTILITIES: A non-binding vote on whether to create a municipally owned electric utility in Decorah, Iowa, was too close to call late Tuesday. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID:
• A retired Air Force general in Wisconsin says diversified energy sources will make the country more secure. (Midwest Energy News)
• DTE Energy says it could take up to 15 years to remove 1,300 miles of obsolete power lines in Detroit. (Associated Press)

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EMISSIONS:
• Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa are among 17 states suing the Trump administration over efforts to weaken vehicle emission regulations. (Reuters)
• Areas of southeastern and western Michigan have unacceptable smog levels, according to the U.S. EPA. (Detroit Free Press)

RENEWABLES:
• Companies are on track to shatter records for the amount of renewable energy purchased in a year. (Bloomberg)
• DTE Energy seeks a compromise with organizers of a 30 percent by 2030 renewable energy ballot initiative in Michigan to avoid placing the question before voters. (Daily Energy Insider)

OIL AND GAS:
• Federal officials find no elevated levels of toxic materials in the air following an explosion at a Wisconsin refinergy last week. (WCCO)
• North Dakota regulators approve a $1.8 million natural gas liquids pipeline project they say will provide safer transportation and reduce flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Minnesota oil refinery changes ownership for the fourth time in eight years after its owner is acquired by Marathon. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOFUELS:
• U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wants the EPA to approve selling 15 percent ethanol blends in summer months. (Radio Iowa)
• Grassley also says administrator Scott Pruitt is doing a “good job” overall, “except on ethanol.” (Quad-City Times)

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SOLAR: A full-service solar installer opens a headquarters and distribution center in northern Illinois. (KWQC)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan editorial board says those who call DTE Energy’s 1,100 MW natural gas plant shortsighted compared to renewables “haven’t been paying attention to either the weather or the company.” (Port Huron Times Herald)

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