Midwest Energy News

Enbridge oil spill insurance not adequate, Minnesota agency says

PIPELINES:
• The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Enbridge does not have adequate insurance to protect the public from damages related to oil spills. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• The American Civil Liberties Union sues the federal government over concerns that agencies are planning to use counterterrorism tactics against Keystone XL protesters. (Grist)

OIL AND GAS: Residents file a class action lawsuit against the owner of an oil refinery that exploded in Superior, Wisconsin, this year, claiming the company was negligent. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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POWER PLANTS:
• Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, critics say. (Energy News Network)
• The White House appears to have deleted warnings from an earlier draft of the plan about potentially severe consequences of climate change. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR: One of Illinois’ first community solar projects will be at a public housing complex on Chicago’s South Side and feature a sun-tracking “smartflower” to maximize generation. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• University researchers and students lead focus groups in northern Missouri to gather input on future wind development. (News-Press Now)
• Local officials in southeastern Michigan consider an ordinance for regulating wind turbines. (Oakland County Times)

FRACKING: Local election officials allow an anti-fracking ballot initiative to go before voters in Youngstown, Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)

RENEWABLES: A Michigan county drafts a new master plan that considers the role of renewable energy and future decommissioning of wind and solar projects. (Huron Daily Tribune)

BIOFUELS: Construction began earlier this summer on a North Dakota refinery that will annually convert more than 500,000 tons of agricultural waste and byproducts into advanced biofuels. (Green Car Congress)

GRID: A Cleveland utility makes grid infrastructure upgrades after high demand caused outages for some over the weekend. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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UTILITIES: South Dakota regulators approve $7.7 million in refunds for Black Hills Energy customers as a result of federal tax cuts approved last year. (Watertown Public Opinion)

COMMENTARY: The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board applauds Alliant Energy, saying its plan to eliminate coal by 2050 “represents progress.”

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