Midwest Energy News

Iowa governor declares disaster after oil train derailment

OIL: Crews begin to contain and clean up 230,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled into a river from a derailed train in Iowa. (Associated Press)

MORE: Gov. Kim Reynolds issues a disaster proclamation in response to the derailment and flooding. (Sioux City Journal)

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PIPELINES:
• In its first year in operation, the Dakota Access pipeline has helped bolster production in the Bakken, industry officials say. (Williston Herald)
• Minnesota regulators reconvene this week to decide whether to approve Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement. (Associated Press)
• Activists say the U.S. government’s ongoing prosecution of Dakota Access pipeline protesters is meant to suppress indigenous and environmental movements. (The Guardian)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Cities across Minnesota are quickly turning to renewable energy due to favorable economics. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A struggling small town in northeastern Iowa made a series of clean energy investments to help it rebound and become a model for others. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Advocates meet this week to discuss how Madison, Wisconsin, can meet its 100 percent renewable energy goal. (WISC-TV)

SOLAR:
• State and local officials see solar development potential on tax-forfeited properties across Michigan. (Energy News Network)
• A St. Paul, Minnesota, homeowner’s attempt to install solar panels leads to disagreement among city officials and historic preservationists. (Pioneer Press)
• Officials in a northeastern Illinois town oppose a proposed solar project because it would sacrifice residential development. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

WIND: The developer of a planned wind project in southwestern Minnesota agrees to file quarterly reports with the state on hiring local workers. (Worthington Globe)

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GRID:
• A federal appeals court sides with federal energy regulators in a case utilities say will threaten transmission projects across the Midwest. (E&E News, subscription)
• PJM reports that its new “capacity performance” generator standards has led to increased reliability in its service territory. (Utility Dive)
• A federal court upholds a Minnesota law opposed by the Trump administration that favors incumbent utilities for transmission development. (E&E News, subscription)

POLICY: Michigan ratepayer advocates say efforts to save uneconomic coal and nuclear plants could lead to increased rates for some utility customers. (Detroit News)

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