Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy drew up bankruptcy ‘scheme,’ federal regulators say

UTILITIES: In new court filings, federal regulators say FirstEnergy and a generation subsidiary have drawn up a settlement “scheme” that is an “abuse of the bankruptcy system.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO: The University of Iowa delays plans for a potential public-private partnership to manage the campus utility system as it seeks more input. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

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PIPELINES:
• Michigan’s Senate majority leader says an attorney general opinion attempting to halt the Line 5 tunnel plan is “shameful,” and that a court challenge is likely. (Bridge Magazine)
• Some South Dakota residents raise concerns about liens placed on their property for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Rapid City Journal)
• It’s unclear whether President Trump’s recent permit to speed up construction of Keystone XL would survive a court challenge. (E&E News, subscription)

GEOTHERMAL: SC Johnson will install a geothermal-powered heating and cooling system at its Wisconsin headquarters as part of the company’s broader shift to renewables. (Racine Journal Times)

CLIMATE: The Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana has seen political success while maintaining a commitment to fight climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Local officials in Minnesota approve the first round of tax incentives for Google to build a data center at the site of a coal plant northwest of Minneapolis. (Elk River Star News)

WIND: DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan appears to rely more heavily on wind than solar. (PV Magazine)

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OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Senate passes legislation to reimburse millions of dollars in oil tax revenue to funds that benefit water projects and schools. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says dwindling health care funds for retired coal miners is a “betrayal.” (Toledo Blade)
• The Detroit News editorial board says Michigan’s new administration should negotiate a plan to still build a tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.
Pollinator-friendly solar projects are an opportunity to “increase food production and clean energy generation at once,” researchers say. (MinnPost)

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