Midwest Energy News

Activists camp near Canada-U.S. border to stop Line 3 construction

PIPELINES:
• Indigenous activists set up a camp near the Canada-U.S. border in an effort to stop the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (CBC)
• A woman accused of shooting at officers during the Dakota Access pipeline protests is sentenced to four years in prison. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Illinois advocates raise environmental justice concerns amid the decommissioning of U.S. nuclear plants. (Energy News Network)

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NATURAL GAS: Indiana residents raise cost and environmental concerns with Vectren’s plan to replace its coal units mostly with natural gas. (Evansville Courier & Press)

COAL:
• Coal miners join more than 10,000 people rallying at the Ohio Statehouse to demand pension reform. (Associated Press)
• Indiana officials ask NIPSCO to test materials from a release of coal ash and limestone that took place during a July 4th coal plant malfunction. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• U.S. coal consumption continues to decline and overall production has “hardly budged” despite the optimism the Trump administration has brought to the coal industry. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

WIND:
• MidAmerican Energy begins construction this month on a 90.8 MW wind project in central Iowa as part of its Wind XI plan. (Waterloo Courier)
• Developers begin to gather wind data for a potential project in western Illinois. (Galesburg News-Register)
• A developer is moving forward with a wind project in eastern Illinois despite opposition from some residents. (WCIA)
• NextEra begins work on a new wind project in western Iowa. (Audubon County Advocate Journal)
• State regulators take public input on plans for a 220 MW wind project in southeastern South Dakota. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

SOLAR:
• A project in Kansas City is the city’s largest on-site solar installation for a commercial business. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• An energy camp for students in metro Detroit is geared toward solar power. (WJBK)

OIL AND GAS: BP is investing $300 million in its northwest Indiana refinery to comply with U.S. EPA rules on sulfur content in gasoline. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

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GRID: A transmission line expected to be built this fall will connect to a new $700 million power plant in southern Wisconsin. (Janesville Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist urges North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to block plans for an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (High Plains Reader)
• A climate change researcher says divestment in fossil fuels can be an effective way to resist new pipelines like Keystone XL. (Scientific American)
• A Wisconsin climate advocate says transitioning to renewable energy will reduce residents’ health risks from coal. (Madison Capital Times)

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