Midwest Energy News

Judge blocks Keystone XL construction amid environmental review

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: ComEd prepares to expand an electric vehicle ride-sharing pilot program as the utility researches how it can benefit the local grid. (Energy News Network)

POLICY:
• A broad proposal in Ohio to slash state regulations by 30 percent across the board could further tilt the playing field against renewable energy by relaxing rules on utilities and fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)
• Multiple Midwest governors join other states in setting strong emission-reduction goals. (Bloomberg)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court will not allow construction to begin on the Keystone XL pipeline as an environmental review is evaluated. (E&E News, subscription)
• An Ohio judge dismisses a lawsuit from the state against the developer of the Rover natural gas pipeline. (Canton Repository)
• Some Minnesota communities are disappointed that construction hasn’t started on the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (Forum News Service)
• Flooding in northwestern Iowa causes a 4-inch natural gas pipeline beneath a river to rupture. (Radio Iowa)

NUCLEAR: A Nebraska nuclear plant along the Missouri River prepares for potential flooding after a powerful winter storm. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Developers plan a 149 MW solar project on 1,000 acres in southwestern Michigan. (MLive)

RENEWABLES: Officials in Madison, Wisconsin, will consider a consultant’s recommendations for powering city operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ECOLOGY: All forms of energy production are having impacts on land use in Great Plains states, a federal researcher says. (Rapid City Journal)

WIND: A developer discusses plans with residents for a potential wind project in central Missouri. (KMIZ)

PETCOKE: Michigan Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate sponsor a bill to study the health and environmental impacts of oil refining byproduct petroleum coke. (E&E News, subscription)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Nebraska waste-to-energy facility owes the local municipality $77,500 in fines for dumping an excessive amount of solid waste into a wastewater treatment plant. (Sioux City Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy efficiency — especially in the building sector — should be a focus in tackling the climate crisis, writes an executive for a stone wool insulation supplier. (Energy News Network, sponsored)
• Revenue from wind projects can bring much-needed revenue and stability to Great Plains farmers, an Iowa-based writer says. (The Guardian)

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