Midwest Energy News

Judge: Minnesota should only approve pipeline on existing route

COAL:
• We Energies customer groups seek to recoup any ongoing costs associated with operating a Wisconsin coal plant that closed this month. (Midwest Energy News)
• Rochester, Minnesota, continues taking steps to become coal-free by 2031. (KAAL)

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PIPELINES:
• An administrative law judge says regulators should approve Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline proposal, but only if it replaces the existing line in its current location. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The decision on whether to expand Line 3 will “test Minnesota’s ability to balance the demands of industry and the environment.” (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A history of the Line 3 pipeline dating back to 1962. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A Minnesota appeals court allows pipeline protesters to use a “necessity defense” to argue they needed to stop the flow of oil to address climate change. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The federal government asks a judge to deny a request for evidence to be returned to an injured Dakota Access pipeline protester, who wants it inspected by her own expert. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Illinois’ fledgling solar boom is driven by the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act. (Chicago Tribune)
• Two solar developers file formal complaints in Michigan alleging DTE Energy refuses to sign renewable energy contracts. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• First-term Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi creates a Solar Caucus to promote the industry. (E&E News, subscription)
• Planners in a northeastern Illinois county debate a 35-acre solar project. (Northwest Herald)
• A city park in Omaha, Nebraska, becomes the city’s first to install solar panels. (Omaha World-Herald)

UTILITIES:
• FirstEnergy profits skyrocket after its subsidiary’s bankruptcy filing. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• FirstEnergy Solutions’ attempt to seek emergency relief for its coal and nuclear plants receives pushback from some in the Trump administration. (Bloomberg)

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TRANSMISSION: A remotely operated underwater vehicle inspects a transmission cable that was damaged by an anchor strike in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Energy analysts say self-bonding by coal mining companies put taxpayers at risk in several states, including Missouri and North Dakota. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A Minnesota climate activist applauds the city council in Duluth, Minnesota, for endorsing a national carbon fee and dividend. (Duluth News Tribune)

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