Midwest Energy News

Dayton threatens to veto bill to allow Line 3 pipeline expansion

COAL: Dynegy-Vistra could close its eight coal-fired power plants in downstate Illinois by 2025 without causing reliability problems, according to a study commissioned by environmental groups. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• The developer behind an Ohio coal plant that has been planned for years officially bows out. (Ohio Public Radio)
• A plan to decommission most of a Wisconsin coal plant could also mean the end of coal piles along Green Bay’s waterfront. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton threatens to veto legislation that would allow Enbridge to complete its Line 3 expansion project without regulatory approval. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND:
• A judge recommends denying a permit for a wind project in southern Minnesota, saying the project has failed to show it can meet noise standards. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• State regulators approve a 45 MW wind project in southwestern Minnesota. (West Central Tribune)
• Some conservationists say the potential impact on birds from northern Ohio wind turbines is not fully known. (Sandusky Register)

SOLAR:
• A school district outside Toledo, Ohio, will receive $900,000 annually from FirstSolar as part of a tax abatement agreement tied to the company’s new plant. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)
• Some local officials are concerned about extending a Michigan county’s moratorium on commercial solar projects for another year. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• The U.S. solar industry now employs more people than the coal, wind and nuclear sectors combined. (Bloomberg)
• A city outside of Minneapolis considers a community solar proposal. (Sun This Week)
• A package of bills in Michigan making it easier to invest in distributed generation creates an “unusual alliance” among Democrats and Republicans. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Indiana environmental groups say no longer publishing notices on air pollution permits in newspapers would harm the public. (Indianapolis Star)

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OIL AND GAS: An industry group applauds the findings of a University of Cincinnati study showing hydraulic fracturing was not directly linked to water contamination in an Ohio county. (Canton Repository)

COMMENTARY:
• Nikola Tesla’s work helped lay the foundation for our modern economy, but he was also a clean energy pioneer, advocate and author Dick Munson writes in a new book. (Midwest Energy News)
• Michigan State University researchers explain how a Line 5 oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could cause $6 billion in damages. (Lansing State Journal)
• A former venture capitalist and board member of the Michigan Climate Action Network says the state’s two leading universities should lead on clean energy. (Bridge Magazine)
• Clean energy experts say Minnesota policymakers have an opportunity to capture a range of benefits from energy storage. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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