Midwest Energy News

Grain Belt Express moves closer to construction

NUCLEAR: An analysis by grid operator PJM concludes that a proposed Ohio nuclear bailout will cost ratepayers even more by discouraging cheaper gas generation from coming online. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Ohio reporters tour the Davis-Besse nuclear plant as state lawmakers consider a bill to subsidize its continued operation. (Sandusky Register)
• The Nebraska Public Power District says an alert system problem caused a false alarm at a nuclear plant. (Associated Press)

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TRANSMISSION: The Grain Belt Express transmission line takes one step closer to construction as Missouri regulators approve the sale of the project to Invenergy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• A federal report says an anchor strike that dented the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac last year was caused by human error. (Michigan Radio)
• Recent actions by a Minnesota court and Michigan’s attorney general are setbacks for Enbridge’s Line 3 and Line 5 pipelines. (InsideClimate News)
• Landowners in Ohio claim in a federal lawsuit that eminent domain was improperly used to build the NEXUS natural gas pipeline. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: General Motors and Fiat Chrysler disclose to regulators that they have reached agreements to buy federal greenhouse gas credits from Tesla. (Bloomberg)

COAL:
• A report finds radioactive particles were detected in groundwater surrounding coal plants in Ohio and other states. (Great Lakes Echo)
• City officials in Springfield, Illinois, hear an alternative plan to keep a coal-fired power plant running longer by using technology that reduces sulfur emissions. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

WIND:
• DTE Energy unveils its largest wind project to date, a 65-turbine project in central Michigan. (MLive)
• The city council in West Lafayette, Indiana, takes a symbolic vote opposing the surrounding county’s ban on wind projects. (Lafayette Journal & Courier)
• A company breaks ground on a 75-turbine wind project in northwestern Ohio that was more than 10 years in the making. (LimaOhio.com)

CLIMATE: Mid-Michigan climate activists plan to travel to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to enact a national carbon tax. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)

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OIL & GAS: A leak causes about 800 barrels of brine to spill at a water injection plant in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental group says a proposed agreement with Consumers Energy over the company’s long-term energy plan would be beneficial for reducing emissions. (Michigan Environmental Council)
• A state representative from Ohio claims a bill to subsidize two nuclear plants will lower rates for customers and “help jumpstart” large-scale solar projects. (Highland County Press)
• An editorial says clean energy mandates have worked “consistently and predictably to decarbonize electricity” while also providing stable markets. (PV Magazine)

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