Midwest Energy News

Developer plans to double Dakota Access pipeline capacity

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners plans to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

ALSO: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an anchor drop near gas pipelines in the Detroit River highlights the need for action on Line 5. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR: Wisconsin regulators approve expanded community solar as well as “rent-a-roof” programs that advocates say harm ratepayers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Jonin Ernst says work will continue to extend waivers for year-round sales of ethanol. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
• A plan to replace gas pipelines in the city of Chicago will likely cost much more than expected. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• North Dakota officials work with industry groups to improve safety training. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: Illinois’ largest coal plant operator would have to meet more stringent air pollution limits under new rules advanced by a state panel. (E&E News, subscription)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan officials are examining energy regulations for the state’s recreational marijuana industry. (Great Lakes Echo)

WIND: Construction is scheduled this fall for a 600 MW wind project in southwestern Missouri. (Joplin Globe)

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UTILITIES: An Indiana utility says coal will remain a part of its generation mix as it transitions to renewables. (Evansville Courier & Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan researchers say a new policy requiring pollinator habitat at some solar projects has great potential for the state’s farmers. (Michigan State University Extension)
• An Ohio editorial board says lawmakers should still incentivize grid improvements from FirstEnergy. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board says the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement is a “direct assault on the environment.”

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