Midwest Energy News

Court rules in favor of Illinois utility’s smart meter data collection

SMART METERS: A federal court rules an Illinois municipal utility’s collection of smart meter data is a reasonable search and that the “government’s interest in smart meters is significant.” (Cook County Record)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer moves to condemn privately held land in South Dakota for the project. (Rapid City Journal)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A pipeline operator says North Dakota’s regulatory process for using bioremediation to clean up oil spills on farmland is too cumbersome. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a law requiring owners of natural gas storage fields to notify local officials if a leak threatens drinking water supplies. (Associated Press)
• Officials are investigating the cause of several oil tank cars that exploded in North Dakota over the weekend. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A southwestern Illinois oil refinery will spend nearly $11 million in upgrades after settling a federal lawsuit accusing the facility of excess emissions. (Belleville News-Democrat)

SOLAR:
• An advocacy group educates residents in southeastern Minnesota about the benefits of solar. (KIMT)
• A mid-Michigan county approves new regulations for zoning utility-scale solar projects. (9&10 News)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy sees an opportunity to expand the market for its coal through a new partnership that converts coal waste into oil products. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Consumer advocates worry a bankruptcy ruling involving a FirstEnergy subsidiary’s role in keeping two coal plants open in Ohio and Indiana could be spread across other customers in the region. (Associated Press)
• Concerned citizens organize a tour around four major coal plants in southwestern Indiana. (Evansville Courier & Press)

EFFICIENCY: An Illinois city plans to cut utility costs by installing energy efficient lighting in public parking lots. (Alton Telegraph)

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BIOFUELS: North Dakota ethanol producers seek to maintain and strengthen provisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard in order to stay viable. (Forum News Service)

COMMENTARY: Environmental advocates in the Ohio River Valley say using coal as a feedstock for other fuels is a “get rich quick scheme.” (Evansville Courier & Press)

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