Midwest Energy News

Illinois panel seeks compromise on coal plant air pollution rules

COAL: An Illinois panel shelves a proposal to relax limits on air pollution from downstate coal plants, instead seeking a compromise between plant owners and environmental groups. (Chicago Tribune; E&E News, subscription)

ALSO:
• North Dakota’s coal industry is promoting the use of electric vehicles powered by the state’s “homegrown” coal supply. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A North Dakota industry group plans to ask regional grid operators about paying more for coal-fired power for reliability purposes. (Bismarck Tribune)

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WIND:
• A proposed offshore wind project in Lake Erie receives a key environmental approval from the Department of Energy. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• A Harvard study says a large expansion of wind development in the U.S. could temporarily raise temperatures in some places, though emissions from fossil fuels remain a far greater threat. (Associated Press)
• Facebook signs a 139 MW, 15-year power purchase agreement for energy from an eastern Indiana wind project. (Inside Indiana Business)

PIPELINES:
• An agreement between Michigan and Enbridge to build a tunnel for Line 5 still provides no clear timeline to decommission the current pipeline. (InsideClimate News)
• Opponents protest in downtown Minneapolis against Enbridge’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND:
• Competition from Texas and constrained pipeline capacity have led to the recent idling of Midwestern frac sand mines. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Wisconsin officials will not fine a company that released millions of gallons of contaminated water from a frac sand mine last year in order to rescue a worker. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CLIMATE: Pipeline advocates using the necessity defense in Minnesota is a “landmark case” for climate advocates. (The Nation)

SOLAR:
• A southern Illinois planning commission recommends against the approval of a proposal solar project on brownfield property. (Southern Illinoisan)
• An Illinois state lawmaker who was instrumental in passing the Future Energy Jobs Act installs solar panels on his property. (WMBD)
• A 600 kilowatt solar project is expected to save an Indiana school district $2.2 million over 20 years. (Kokomo Tribune)

SOLAR: A city councilman outside of Omaha, Nebraska, taking measures for a zero-carbon-footprint at home will be featured on a national solar tour. (Omaha World-Herald)

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TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin regulators accept an application for a $500 million transmission line from northeastern Iowa, triggering a 180-day review period. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SUSTAINABILITY: The University of Michigan is pursuing a path toward net carbon neutrality, though specific strategies have not been announced. (MLive)

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