Midwest Energy News

Groups sue Coast Guard over Great Lakes oil spill preparedness

PIPELINES:  Two environmental groups sue the U.S. Coast Guard over its admitted inability to respond to an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• The owner of a large craft brewery in Michigan says an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would “cement Michigan’s reputation of having the worst water in the United States.” (MLive)
• Pipeline activists across the U.S. face pushback as energy companies and their political allies adopt new laws to harshly punish their efforts. (InsideClimate News)

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COAL:
• A municipal utility in western Michigan considers closing its coal plant as operations and maintenance costs become too costly. (MLive)
• An environmental group praises Michigan utilities for retiring coal plants even as the Trump administration replaces the Clean Power Plan. (WHMI)
• Residents raise $2,000 to place independent air quality monitors near a southeastern Wisconsin coal plant. (Patch.com)

SOLAR:
• Officials in a northern Illinois county consider proposals for eight 2 MW solar projects, while officials farther south stall a 51-acre project. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle, WMBD)
• A Minnesota clean energy group partners with Habitat for Humanity to install solar panels on a home that will help reduce electricity costs. (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal)

POWER PLANTS: Instead of bailing out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants, experts say the money would be better spent to help communities diversify the local economy. (Greentech Media)

WIND: A $300 million, 220 MW wind project moves forward in southeastern South Dakota. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

BIOFUELS: An industry trade group says the U.S. EPA is slow to process requests to make cellulosic biofuel from various feedstocks, which is discouraging investment and undermining the Renewable Fuel Standard. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford recalls more than 50,000 charging cables for hybrid and electric vehicles in North America because they could cause fires in electrical outlets. (Associated Press)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Detroit trash incinerator is taking steps to control odors amid complaints from residents. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota drivers could see billions of dollars in cost savings through widespread electric vehicle adoption, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
• An Illinois editorial board says it’s “outrageous” the federal government would propose an energy plan that increases premature deaths from air pollution. (Champaign News-Gazette)

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