CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana clean energy advocates say a state energy task force’s recent interest in small nuclear reactors distracts from more prudent solutions such as renewables and demand response. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Enbridge officials temporarily shut down Line 5 in northern Michigan ahead of a group’s plan to enter company property and turn an emergency shutoff valve. (Detroit Free Press)

WIND:
• The developer of a Lake Erie offshore wind pilot project risks losing what’s left of a $50 million federal grant and jeopardizing the project if it doesn’t secure financing by the end of the year. (Cleveland.com)
• An analysis of Minnesota wind energy development shows that adding at least one turbine in a precinct increases an incumbent’s chances of being reelected. (Washington Post)
• A central Iowa wind turbine blade manufacturer plans to close by the end of the year and eliminate 710 jobs; U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley will urge President Biden to consider having the plant manufacture components for offshore wind projects to keep the facility afloat. (Des Moines Register, Radio Iowa)
• The Nebraska Public Power District must uphold power purchase agreements with four wind energy producers after the affiliates transferred control of their parent companies’ ownership without utility approval, a court rules. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

CARBON STORAGE: North Dakota regulators approve plans for what will be the state’s first carbon storage project at an ethanol plant: “This is a landmark day,” says a top state official. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR: A Michigan State University study says building 900 MW of community solar projects over the next six years would contribute nearly $1.5 billion to the state’s economy and create an estimated 18,500 jobs. (MiBiz)

COAL:
• A report by Chicago’s inspector general says three city employees should be fired for their role in the botched April 2020 demolition of a former coal plant smokestack. (WTTW)
• Minnesota’s largest utilities have reduced costs and emissions after switching coal plant operations to economic-based schedules, state regulators report. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Ameren Missouri and the federal government seek a rehearing in a case involving a required air pollution permit for modifications at a coal plant. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

BIOGAS: A $10 million facility that converts landfill methane gas to renewable natural gas is completed in Iowa. (KCRG)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy had the second-highest CEO to median employee pay ratio among large U.S. utilities last year as the company head made 139 times more than the average company worker. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• Two sites in Michigan are selected for new Coast Guard facilities that will study the impact of freshwater oil spills and improve emergency responses. (Detroit News)
• Nearby residents are concerned about the land impacts of a planned 16-mile natural gas pipeline in central Ohio, though utility officials say the project is needed to keep up with demand. (WBNS)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.