Midwest Energy News

Enbridge’s Line 3 likely to miss prime construction season again

BUILDINGS: A suburban Chicago mayor helped inspire the biggest jump in model building energy code improvements in a decade by encouraging cities to play a more active role in the process. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Enbridge is likely to miss prime construction season for its proposed Line 3 pipeline replacement again as Minnesota regulators continue to evaluate the project. (Star Tribune)

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OIL & GAS: Youngstown, Ohio, activists appeal a federal judge’s ruling against their claim that state and local elections officials violated their constitutional rights by preventing voters from deciding on a local fracking ban. (WFMJ-TV)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle startup Rivian has laid off about 40 employees at its engineering and design center in Plymouth, Michigan. (The Verge)

GRID: Hot temperatures across the north-central U.S. pushed grid operator MISO’s load over 100 GW on Tuesday for the first time this year. (The Street)

EMISSIONS: Ann Arbor, Michigan’s city council unanimously approves a formal plan to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030. (MLive.com)

WIND: An Illinois county board delays a decision on permitting its first wind farm, citing issues with having some members attending the meeting remotely. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

SOLAR:
• A $15 million legislative appropriation for a Minnesota solar incentive program was proposed by a southwest Minneapolis lawmaker. (Southwest Journal)
• A crew installs 300 solar panels on the roof of a Wisconsin school that will provide nearly half of the district’s electricity. (Superior Telegram, subscription)

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POLITICS: Climate change denier and outspoken racist Steve King, who has represented northwest Iowa in Congress for two decades, is defeated by a Republican primary challenger. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: Carbon pricing could be a way to resolve tensions over PJM’s minimum-price rule and “rebuild trust in energy federalism,” says an energy policy director at a conservative and libertarian think tank. (Utility Dive)

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