Midwest Energy News

Iowa court hears landowners’ challenge to Dakota Access pipeline

PIPELINES: The Iowa Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case challenging the use of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ALSO:
• Over the past 16 years, Enbridge has steadily increased the number of anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac for Line 5. (Michigan Radio)
• A proposed 10-mile natural gas pipeline in North Dakota would pass beneath the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea reservoir. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The 2016 death of a worker on Dakota Access highlights pipeline building as one of the deadliest jobs in the U.S. (Pacific Standard)

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POWER PLANTS: As DTE Energy prepares the site for a new $1 billion natural gas power plant near Detroit, several questions remain for the contested project. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A solar group-buying program involving the state of Minnesota and nearly a dozen other government entities will decrease the cost of projects. (Energy News Network)
• Officials in a northern Illinois community are likely to amend zoning rules to permit a utility-scale solar project. (Rockford Register Star)
• A camp in eastern Iowa plans two more phases of solar installations that will save thousands of dollars in utility bills. (KCRG)
• Community solar “continues to see rapid growth” in states like Minnesota amid a strong quarter in 2018 for utility-scale solar. (Greentech Media)
• Officials approve two, 2 MW solar projects in northwestern Illinois. (Kewanee Star Courier)

COAL: Interviews with U.S. utility officials suggest the Trump administration’s plan to save coal plants is unlikely to gain traction where investments in natural gas or clean energy is underway. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. is now the largest global crude oil producer, with North Dakota at the No. 2 spot behind Texas. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota’s two leading universities seek $100 million in research funding over four years to help diversify the state’s economy from oil and agriculture. (Forum News Service)

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WIND: Residents are divided over plans to amend wind turbine setback distances in an eastern Illinois county. (Ford County Record)

GRID: MidAmerican Energy is installing electronic sensors on Iowa power lines in order to respond faster to outages. (Radio Iowa)

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