Midwest Energy News

Exelon proposes to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ retail unit

EFFICIENCY: Iowa utilities unveil new five-year energy efficiency plans that scale back home energy audits, insulation rebates and light bulb discounts. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Exelon proposes to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ retail business for $140 million, increasing its customer count by 40 percent. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota’s attorney general sues the Dakota Access pipeline owner for allegedly violating a state law prohibiting large corporations from owning agricultural land. (Associated Press)
• Replacing the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota still needs 29 more regulatory approvals before construction can start. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Enbridge sues a shipping company accused of denting the Line 5 pipeline in an apparent anchor strike earlier this year. (Petoskey News-Review)

OIL AND GAS:
• Officials lower the estimate of crude oil that spilled in a train derailment last month in northwestern Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)
• Human error caused a natural gas pipeline explosion that killed two people in northern Illinois last year, federal officials report. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. electricity demand could increase by as much as 38 percent by 2050 with high EV-adoption rates, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)
• Rochester, Minnesota, seeks grant funding to help pay for new electric buses, charging stations and solar panels. (KIMT)

BIOFUELS: The City Council in Wichita, Kansas, approves $38 million in bonds to help pay for a new biodiesel plant. (Wichita Eagle)

WIND:
• Officials in a western Indiana county tighten wind turbine regulations over noise and setback distances. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)
• Under new rules in North Dakota, wind companies are required to submit plans and cost estimates for decommissioning projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR: Plans are under consideration for three solar garden projects in a northern Illinois county. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle)

COAL: Protests are expected this week at a rally in Ohio as coal miners fight to maintain their pensions. (Evansville Courier & Press)

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TRANSPORTATION: The fourth and largest compressed natural gas fueling station in Columbus, Ohio, opens. (Columbus Business First)

COMMENTARY: An advocate is optimistic about Minnesota’s energy future as solar plays a larger role. (White Bear Press)

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