Midwest Energy News

Advocates raise concerns over Enbridge political spending in Michigan

UTILITIES: A public vote on whether to create a municipal utility in Decorah, Iowa, may head to a recount after the proposal failed to pass by five votes. (Midwest Energy News)

EFFICIENCY: A new study by the University of Chicago concludes that “dynamic pricing” is more likely to change utility customers’ energy efficiency behavior than moral persuasion. (Midwest Energy News)

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PIPELINES: Enbridge made financial contributions to a political action committee run by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which critics link to the group’s support of the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Two Minnesota lawmakers raise concerns about storing hydrogen fluoride at a Twin Cities refinery following a recent explosion in Wisconsin. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Cleanup activities continue at a refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, following last week’s explosion. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa-based Winnebago launches electric versions of its RVs, but they are still not suited for widespread retail use. (Des Moines Register)

WIND: An Indiana judge will decide this week whether to dismiss a lawsuit involving setback requirements in a county wind ordinance. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Adding battery storage to distributed solar projects poses ratemaking challenges for policymakers as they replace net metering. (Utility Dive)
• Dozens of customers in Wisconsin are fighting to get their money back after a Minnesota company failed to complete their solar projects. (WEAU)
• Invenergy eyes 3,500 acres of farmland in southwestern Wisconsin for a potentially major solar project. (WISC-TV)
• Local officials approve the location for a 5 MW solar project in western Nebraska. (Associated Press)

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GRID: Wisconsin energy companies will help lead a training exercise to prepare officials for a long-term, widespread power outage. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say four Midwest states — Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio — are leading by exploring performance-based regulation for utilities. (Forbes)
• An editorial says commercial solar projects could benefit northern Michigan’s grid and not detract from scenery if sited correctly. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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