Midwest Energy News

Enbridge says it can build Line 5 tunnel in five years

OIL & GAS:
• An Appalachian gas storage project seeks a $1.9 billion federal loan guarantee from a program meant for projects that reduce emissions. (Energy News Network)
• North Dakota officials deny a lease extension for a company’s plan to develop several tracts in the Badlands. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Enbridge says it can build a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac for Line 5 in five years, assuming there aren’t permitting delays. (Detroit News)

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POLICY: Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood proposes a bill to loosen regulations on federal tax credits for wind and solar, hoping to spur development. (Decatur Herald & Review)

SOLAR:
• A federal judge dismisses a proposed class action alleging Michigan’s Bosch Solar Energy sold thousands of defective solar panels that pose a fire risk. (Reuters)
• A northern Indiana school district invests in solar power to help reduce its operating costs. (Goshen News)
• A developer is reviewing the conditions for approval of a planned 850-acre solar project in central Indiana. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

COAL ASH: Illinois’ stronger rules for cleaning up coal ash storage sites come as the state leads the nation with ponds leaching unsafe levels of contaminants in groundwater. (InsideClimate News)

NUCLEAR: The Midwest has several “stranded” nuclear waste sites that are no longer attached to reactors that produce power. (Forbes)

CLIMATE: A former science advisor to President Obama leads a public forum on climate change and the Green New Deal at Illinois Central College. (Peoria Journal Star)

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BIOFUELS: President Trump is expected to mark the lifting of summertime restrictions on higher ethanol blends of gasoline during a June 11 visit to Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy efficiency is a “hidden gem of opportunity” in Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act, including for low-income home retrofits, advocates say. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• The Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board criticizes Ohio House lawmakers for passing a bill this week that is a “blatant giveaway to nuclear and coal interests.”

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