Midwest Energy News

Enbridge leaves debris in Great Lakes for months after pipeline tunnel testing

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan sees increased investment in fast-charging electric vehicle stations, which state officials hope will replicate the experience of stopping for gas. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: General Motors and LG Chem reportedly plan a joint venture to invest $2 billion in an electric vehicle battery plant in Ohio. (Reuters)

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PIPELINES: Enbridge has left drilling debris in the Straits of Mackinac for three months, and won’t recover it until spring, following work related to a potential tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Petoskey News-Review)

CLEAN TECH: Like other utilities across the U.S., the Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska is counting on new technology and declining costs to achieve its net-zero carbon goal. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
The fierce political debate in Ohio over bailouts for nuclear and coal plants could spill over into the 2020 election, experts say. (E&E News, subscription)
• Biofuel policy appears to be playing a smaller role in Iowa politics than it did in previous presidential elections. (E&E News, subscription)

MICHIGAN: More than 300 wind and solar companies operate in Michigan, though the state should do more to support rooftop solar and independent developers, according to a report by the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (Michigan Advance)

CLIMATE:
• An eastern Iowa county declares a climate emergency and commits to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• University of Wisconsin students and faculty plan a campus climate strike Friday in Madison and call on administrators to commit to strong renewable energy targets by 2030. (Madison Capital Times)

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators approve the transfer of operating licenses for three nuclear plants once bankruptcy proceedings for FirstEnergy Solutions finish. (Toledo Blade)

SOLAR: A planned $19 million solar project would supply 8% of a northern Indiana city’s electricity. (Kokomo Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minnesota nonprofit recognizes a state lawmaker for his work expanding a clean energy loan program. (Southwest News Media)

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WIND:
• Communities in southern Michigan are divided over planned wind development projects. (Detroit News)
• A construction firm is selected to build a 300 MW wind project in northeastern Nebraska. (North American Windpower)
• A 76 MW wind project comes online in Michigan’s Thumb region. (NBC25)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan should adopt more favorable clean energy policies to further drive the sector’s economic impact, says the head of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A columnist says while Indiana may be a pro-coal state, “market realities are making the fossil fuel increasingly irrelevant here.” (Indianapolis Star)

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