Midwest Energy News

Illinois grid modernization plan lacks cost, benefit specifics

PIPELINES: With agreements and legislation in place, the next phase of a plan to tunnel Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac involves permitting, studies and likely lawsuits. (Energy News Network)

• Enbridge is also seeking regulatory approval to replace a section of Line 5 in southeastern Michigan and tunnel it beneath the St. Clair River. (WPHM)
• Tribal members plan to maintain a modest camp in northern Michigan to protest Line 5 until the pipeline is decommissioned. (Washington Post)
• Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement in northern Minnesota may loom large in Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s pick to serve on the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (MinnPost)

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GRID: Officials release a draft grid modernization report in Illinois that doesn’t make specific recommendations or discuss costs and benefits. (E&E News, subscription)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota advocates from different religious backgrounds distribute LED lights to promote energy efficiency and clean energy. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

• Invenergy plans to submit an application for a 200 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Kenosha News)
• An Illinois city council approves a lease agreement for a 41-acre solar project at a landfill. (Illinois Public Media)

OIL AND GAS: The University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environment Research Center studies ways to reduce carbon emissions from the oil and gas sector. (Grand Forks Herald)

RENEWABLES: South Dakota regulators consider a utility’s renewable energy purchasing program for large commercial and industrial customers and government agencies. (Rapid City Journal)

EMISSIONS: Ohio-based coal company Murray Energy faces the Trump administration in court over a 2015 ground-level ozone standard. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: Missouri regulators hold a public hearing today on the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (KOMU)

WIND: Fortune 500 companies are increasingly interested in Kansas wind development. (Hutchinson News)

COAL: A company challenges an Illinois city’s coal-hauling contract, suggesting costs will increase after a likely increase in the state’s gas tax. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

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POLITICS: The coal industry helped elect incoming Republican Sen. Mike Braun from Indiana over the Democratic incumbent. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A clean energy investor says “utilities no longer can afford to ignore the renewable energy industry.” (The Hill)

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