Midwest Energy News

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Illinois coal ash sites

COAL ASH: A federal judge dismisses an environmental group’s lawsuit against Dynegy coal ash pits in Illinois on jurisdictional grounds. (Champaign News-Gazette)

UTILITIES:
• A rural environmental group says Minnesota electric cooperatives don’t provide information on their websites about where their power comes from. (Energy News Network)
• An Xcel Energy official discusses the challenges and value of resource planning as more renewable energy comes online. (Daily Energy Insider)

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TRANSMISSION: Canada’s National Energy Board approves a 132-mile transmission line between Minnesota and Canada, subject to 28 conditions. (Winnipeg Free Press)

SOLAR:
• Walmart reaches a deal to install solar panels at two distribution centers and 19 stores in Illinois. (Belleville News-Democrat)
• Solar panels would be required on new residential units in Milwaukee under proposed legislation. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• The head of the Citizens Utility Board in Chicago discusses the anticipated solar boom in Illinois. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Four of six planned solar projects move forward in southwestern Illinois. (Alton Telegraph)
• A western Michigan school district explores the potential savings from installing solar panels to offset energy use. (MLive)
• Mayors in Lincoln and Norfolk, Nebraska, join more than 200 other U.S. mayors calling for more solar energy. (Norfolk Daily News)

STORAGE: BP installs an energy storage battery at a wind project in South Dakota. (Windpower Engineering & Development)

WIND: A proposed 300 MW wind project in North Dakota generates a strong response from opponents and supporters. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• Environmental groups challenging a planned oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota ask a court to reverse a recent decision by state regulators. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Some local officials in northeastern Ohio hope the shale gas industry can rebuild the state’s manufacturing sector. (WOSU)
• Industry and environmental groups weigh in on proposed changes to North Dakota’s reporting requirements for rail transportation. (Bismarck Tribune)

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CARBON CAPTURE: The Lignite Research Council in North Dakota unanimously recommends spending $15 million in state funding for a carbon capture project. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Companies announce preliminary plans for a new pipeline that would transport Bakken crude oil to Texas. (Bismarck Tribune)

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