Midwest Energy News

Enbridge open to rerouting Line 5 around tribal land

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge says it’s willing to consider rerouting the Line 5 pipeline around a tribe’s reservation in northern Wisconsin. (Associated Press)
• On the ninth anniversary of an Enbridge oil pipeline spill in southwestern Michigan, protesters call for Line 5 to be shut down in the Straits of Mackinac. (WILX)

TRANSMISSION: Attorneys general in Michigan and Illinois file briefs opposing a proposed Wisconsin transmission line because ratepayers in those states would bear some of the costs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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NUCLEAR: A ballot committee formally organizes to challenge a recently passed Ohio law providing subsidies for nuclear and coal plants. (Sandusky Register)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators approve an agreement that will allow a city and school district to purchase power from a 5 MW solar project. (Madison.com)
• Five Indiana mayors join more than 250 U.S. municipal leaders in formally supporting solar energy. (WBIW)
• The NAACP works with Michigan churches and other groups to promote diversity in the solar industry. (WJRT)
• Local officials approve plans for a 2 MW community solar project in Ames, Iowa. (ABC 5)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy is “one of many firms making multi-billion-dollar gambles on the shift to cleaner energy.” (The Economist)

WIND:
• Construction on a 150 MW wind project in mid-Michigan is expected to start later this year. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)
• AEP’s plan to build nearly 1,500 MW of wind power in Oklahoma hopes to avoid mistakes made before the company dropped plans for a 2,000 MW project last year. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN ENERGY: Tribes in Wisconsin and South Dakota are among the recipients of $16 million in federal funding for clean energy projects. (Utility Dive)

OVERSIGHT: Federal regulators order grid operator PJM to not conduct its planned auction in August for long-term power, citing potential market uncertainty. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: U.S. Geological Survey researchers study the long-term impacts of salt concentrations in groundwater as a result of oil and gas drilling. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan says extending tax credits for electric vehicles should be a focus of climate change action. (Michigan Advance)

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COAL: Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray asks President Trump to address the problem of “feckless” federal regulators who have failed to push state regulators to purchase coal power. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says it’s no surprise a nuclear bailout bill in Ohio would upset the natural gas industry, which is poised to become a dominant energy source for the state. (Forbes)

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