Midwest Energy News

Critics claim Enbridge effort to fix Line 5 avoids state scrutiny

PIPELINES: Legal challenges claim Michigan’s environmental agency didn’t appropriately evaluate alternatives when it approved additional anchor supports for Line 5. (MLive)

NUCLEAR: Grid operator PJM loses more than a quarter of nuclear generation in its latest capacity auction. (Utility Dive)

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• Minnesota regulators consider an incentive payment to ease the transition into lower rates of return expected for community solar customers. (Midwest Energy News)
• County officials in western Illinois approve plans for a pair of solar projects owned by Geronimo Energy. (Galesburg Register-Mail)
• A southeastern Minnesota city approves a program meant to remove barriers to solar deployment. (Winona Daily News)
• The benefits of solar are not included in a new program to replace net metering in Michigan, a lawmaker says. (Great Lakes Echo)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa criticizes the U.S. EPA after reports that oil refiner Marathon sought a hardship waiver, or exemption, from federal biofuel requirements. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells a North Dakota oil and gas conference that the federal government should “be a better partner” with industry. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An industry CEO says the oil market downturn helped companies become more efficient. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Exxon Mobil pledges to reduce methane emissions 15 percent and reduce gas flaring 25 percent in the next two years. (Dallas Morning News)

COAL: Alliant Energy completes a $92 million project to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at a Wisconsin coal plant. (Portage Daily Register)

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UTILITIES: Kansas regulators meet today on a proposed merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy. (Lawrence Journal-World)

COMMENTARY: The Toledo Blade calls on Ohio lawmakers to restore original renewable energy targets and relax restrictions on wind energy siting.

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