Midwest Energy News

Enbridge fined $1.8 million for inadequate pipeline inspections

PIPELINES: Enbridge is fined $1.8 million for failing to adequately inspect its Midwest pipelines for weaknesses under a 2016 agreement with federal agencies. (InsideClimate News)

• County officials in northern Minnesota worry about the potential costs of handling pipeline protests if the Line 3 project is approved. (Associated Press)
• The Army Corps of Engineers plans to meet with tribes as the agency completes an environmental study of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

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• The impact of federal policy changes were an ongoing theme at this week’s Midwest Solar Expo in Minneapolis. (Midwest Energy News)
• Company officials debate the role of distributed generation versus utility-scale solar projects to meet future energy needs. (Utility Dive)
• A southwestern Illinois county approves zoning changes that will allow for solar installations without a special permit. (Herald Publications)
• A community solar project moves forward in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Houghton Mining Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Wisconsin regulators vote to maintain $5.5 million a year in funding for renewable energy projects. (La Crosse Tribune)

• Ameren shareholders approve a resolution calling on the company to detail local impacts of its coal ash storage sites. (Peoria Journal Star)
• Advocates pressure We Energies at its annual shareholder meeting over a coal storage site negatively impacting residents. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

UTILITIES: DTE Energy is the first utility in Michigan to offer green bonds to finance clean energy projects. (DBusiness)

WIND: Northeast Iowa residents win a fight to remove three large wind turbines over zoning violations after the Iowa Supreme Court declines to hear the company’s appeal. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: The former CEO of Volkswagen is charged with conspiracy for his role in the company’s rigging of diesel vehicles to comply with U.S. pollution standards. (New York Times)

• The president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association says Illinois could save ratepayers money by supporting efforts to expand rooftop solar. (Midwest Energy News)
• Advocates release an interactive map showing clean energy project sites, businesses and electric vehicle charging stations across Illinois. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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