Midwest Energy News

Communities face economic challenges as nuclear plants close

PIPELINES: Though Gov. Rick Snyder is developing a plan to tunnel Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan voters could decide the fate of the pipeline as the election draws near. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• North Dakota regulators approve plans to convert a 42-mile oil pipeline to transport liquid natural gas. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Greenpeace asks a federal judge to be dismissed from a case involving racketeering allegations over its role in the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)
• Advocates seek to raise awareness about an upcoming case before the Iowa Supreme Court against the Dakota Access pipeline. (WHO-TV)
• The Trump administration is moving quickly on a court-ordered review of the environmental impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline’s route through Nebraska. (E&E News, subscription)

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NUCLEAR: The planned closure of nuclear plants across the U.S. is expected to create economic hardship for communities. (Christian Science Monitor)

OIL AND GAS:
• South Dakota regulators are having difficulty capping 40 natural gas wells following confusion over a company’s plan to pay for it. (Rapid City Journal)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says the state still faces budget uncertainty despite an increase in revenue from near-record oil production. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Some industry analysts say FirstEnergy Solution’s announcement to retire coal plants is designed to “force the hand” of federal policymakers to provide coal subsidies. (E&E News, subscription)
• The National Coal Council seeks metrics for resilience and reliability as the Trump administration tries to bolster the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A network of local solar power cooperatives is helping Ohio homeowners overcome obstacles to installing solar panels. (Energy News Network)
• Officials in East Peoria, Illinois, allow developers to double the size of a community solar project from 2 MW to 4 MW. (Peoria Journal Star)

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GRID: Federal regulators allow grid operator PJM to delay its next capacity auction as it redesigns its market rules. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says the “winds of change are suddenly blowing” as Wisconsin utilities embrace renewable energy despite the pro-coal record of Gov. Scott Walker. (Isthmus)
• The head of Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives says President Trump’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan provides “needed flexibility and certainty” for power providers. (Columbus Dispatch)

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