Midwest Energy News

Enbridge takes legal action as Line 5 talks break down

PIPELINES: Enbridge takes legal action against the state of Michigan to enforce an agreement with former Gov. Rick Snyder to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (MLive)

ALSO:
• An appellate court tosses a lower court’s ruling blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, but it’s unclear when construction may begin. (KTVQ)
• A South Dakota state council prepares a communication strategy ahead of anticipated Keystone XL protests. (Forum News Service)
• Enbridge appears to be funding and supporting a front group that bills itself as a grassroots organization supporting the Line 3 pipeline. (DeSmog Blog)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Wisconsin Republicans vote to eliminate $10 million for electric vehicle charging stations from Gov. Tony Evers’s budget plan. (Associated Press)
• General Motors confirms it will begin manufacturing an electric pick-up truck “in the near future.” (CNET)

FRAC SAND: A company sues a Wisconsin agency over its denial of a permit for a planned $75 million frac sand processing plant. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

OVERSIGHT: Utility regulators in Wisconsin and Ohio are among those on the front lines of shaping their states’ energy policy. (E&E News)

SOLAR: Indiana regulators approve a pilot program for Duke Energy that makes it easier for customers to subscribe to solar projects. (Inside Indiana Business)

RENEWABLES: Starbucks plans a large renewable energy purchase through three different developers, including in the PJM grid territory. (Greentech Media)

COAL: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $500 million to help close the nation’s remaining coal plants by 2030. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS:
• The federal renewable fuel standard isn’t doing much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the federal Government Accountability Office reports. (E&E News, subscription)
• Major automakers warn the Trump administration that efforts to weaken tailpipe pollution standards could cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability. (New York Times)
• Evansville, Indiana, is among 13 cities in the state that will assess its greenhouse gas emissions to understand how they contribute to climate change. (Evansville Courier & Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minnesota school district pledges to run on 100% clean energy by 2020. (Solar Industry Magazine)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin-based Dairyland Electric Cooperative reports a $16.5 million profit margin in 2018, $1.4 million over budget. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials report two separate brine spills this week totaling nearly 200,000 gallons. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio Democrat defends his support for a bill to subsidize two nuclear plants as a way to maintain jobs. (Ashtabula Star Beacon)

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