Midwest Energy News

Enbridge partially reopens Line 5 after ‘significant damage’

PIPELINES: Enbridge has partially reopened the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after shutting it down due to “significant damage” to an anchor support. (Detroit News, Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she was “taken aback to learn the company has unilaterally resumed operation … without even opportunity for discussion.” (Bridge Magazine)
• The U.S. EPA last week fined Enbridge $6.7 million for what it called an inadequate response to damage to its Midwest pipeline system. (Detroit Free Press)

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GEOTHERMAL: A heat exchange technology developed at the University of Minnesota could help shrink the cost and footprint of geothermal systems by tapping into aquifers. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Wildlife concerns have been a barrier to offshore wind in Lake Erie, but a developer says they’re unable to gather actual data without a pilot project. (Washington Post)

RENEWABLES: Some local officials in Iowa say rules under consideration by state utility regulators would increase eminent domain capabilities for renewable energy projects. (NWestIowa.com)

UTILITIES:
• Environmental groups criticize Vectren’s long-term energy plan for keeping open a 230 MW coal plant and adding 460 MW of natural gas. (Associated Press)
• The city utility in Bowling Green, Ohio, will resume utility disconnections next month while allowing payment plans for customers. (Sentinel-Tribune)

COAL:
• The remaining demolition and redevelopment of a former coal plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood will occur in the coming weeks, the developer says. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Though U.S. power generation is down 5.4% this year due to the pandemic, coal’s share has shrunk nearly 20%, according to a report from Moody’s. (Platts)
• Coal plant closings have accelerated under President Trump compared to the second term of President Obama, despite Trump’s rhetoric about reviving the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Proposed zoning regulations in a western Indiana county would restrict the location and height of utility-scale solar projects. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)
• Construction begins on a 20 MW solar project in southeastern Michigan. (Monroe News)

COMMENTARY:
• A Republican state senator from Indiana says the state should pursue clean energy job creation to help rebound from the pandemic. (Indianapolis Star)
• A just transition from coal in Indiana includes supporting communities that have been disproportionately affected by coal pollution, a columnist says. (NUVO)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest about Dan Brouillette’s comments on wind energy linked to the wrong story. The correct link is here.

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