Midwest Energy News

Final report missing a year after Keystone pipeline spill

PIPELINES:
• A year after the Keystone pipeline leaked in South Dakota, a final federal investigation report has not been released. (Associated Press)
• A worst-case scenario oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could cause up to $45 billion in economic losses, researchers say. (MLive)

GRID: A planned superconductor project in Chicago is meant to boost grid reliability and improve transmission efficiency. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE:
• The effects of climate change will grow and worsen across the Midwest without serious policy actions in the coming decades, according to the latest National Climate Assessment. (Michigan Radio)
• Midwest farmers in particular are expected to face economic challenges from climate change, the report adds. (Chicago Tribune)

WIND:
• State regulators approve plans for a 220 MW wind project in southeastern South Dakota. (Mitchell Daily Republic)
• A developer surveys residents’ concerns about a planned 300 MW wind project in central Illinois. (Jacksonville Journal Courier)

NUCLEAR:
• Some residents see a dilemma over relocating nuclear power waste being stored in northern Michigan versus moving it to another state. (Northern Express)
• Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission describe the oversight process at an Illinois nuclear plant. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A program in Columbus, Ohio, offers $3,000 rebates for electric vehicles to rideshare drivers. (Columbus Business First)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA reportedly plans to lower federal biofuel blending requirements, setting up another battle between corn growers and the oil industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental and landowner advocates criticize North Dakota regulators’ decision to give the oil industry more flexibility to meet natural gas flaring regulations. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota’s oil boom continues after a period of growing pains and ongoing concerns over development. (NPR)

RENEWABLES:
• Minnesota may consider stronger renewable energy policies following statewide gains by Democrats in this year’s election. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge incentivizes private and university participants to power at least one building with renewable energy by 2035. (Utility Dive)
• Bank of America will purchase the credits of a unique solar-wind hybrid project in Minnesota, following a trend of corporate renewable energy purchases. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Officials reject a recommendation to approve a 2 MW solar project near Peoria, Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Great River Energy plans to close a facility near Minneapolis that burns trash for electricity. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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COAL: No injuries are reported after a dozen coal cars derail in northwestern Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• County officials in Nebraska should adopt wind regulations that avoid conflicts with landowners but also encourage rural economic development, says the Center for Rural Affairs. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• A Michigan environmental group calls Gov. Rick Snyder’s attempt to finalize a deal to tunnel the Line 5 pipeline in his remaining weeks in office “one big elaborate scheme” to help a Canadian oil company. (Detroit Free Press)

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