Midwest Energy News

Groups file lawsuits against Line 3 pipeline replacement

PIPELINES: Environmental groups and two tribes file separate lawsuits attempting to block Minnesota’s recent approval of the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ALSO:
• A newly created three-member panel approves an agreement that will allow Enbridge to build a tunnel for Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit Free Press)
• Two federal lawmakers urge the Department of Homeland Security to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyber attacks. (Reuters)

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UTILITIES:
• Nebraska’s largest utility explores the potential for reusing carbon dioxide from power plants and other sources to make methanol, though questions about scale and emissions remain. (Energy News Network)
A Minnesota researcher says Xcel Energy will likely meet its 2050 carbon-free goal with help from nuclear and “unproven technologies” like carbon capture and sequestration. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
• As North Dakota sets records for oil and gas production, residents say they live with the negative impacts of production and flaring. (Forum News Service)
• The Trump administration miscalculated the damages from potential oil train derailments when it justified canceling an Obama-era rule requiring advanced braking systems on trains hauling explosive material. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Corporate renewable energy purchases and participants have doubled since 2015, according to a new report. (North American Windpower)

COAL: Utilities in several Midwest states disclose that coal ash waste has led to excessive levels of contamination in groundwater. (Earthjustice, news release)

SOLAR:
• Vectren opens two, 2 MW solar projects in southern Indiana. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A town in southwestern Minnesota explores using a 70-acre city-owned parcel for a 1 MW solar project. (Pipestone County Star)

WIND: A Utah developer opens an office in Ohio as it prepares for hearings on its proposed 212 MW wind project. (Toledo Blade)

POWER PLANTS: A mix of energy groups say a new report by the North American Energy Reliability Corporation presents unrealistic scenarios for coal and nuclear plant closures and shouldn’t be used for grid planning. (Utility Dive)

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NUCLEAR: Federal regulators propose fining Kansas’ only nuclear plant $232,000 over allegations of retaliation against an employee who reported a safety concern. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say the Midwest’s shift to clean energy already well underway is a positive step in addressing climate change. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A “clean energy carol” analyzes Michigan’s gains over the past 10 years and how the state can continue to build is renewable and energy efficiency sectors. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The Young Climate Intervenors discuss their effort to stop the Line 3 pipeline replacement project in northern Minnesota. (The Guardian)

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