Midwest Energy News

Keystone pipeline remains closed as cause of spill is investigated

PIPELINES: Federal regulators order the Keystone pipeline to remain shut down following last week’s spill until a failed section is tested by an independent lab and the owner develops a remediation plan. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Leaders from four tribes of the Great Sioux Nation say the Keystone pipeline spill should bolster opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline expansion. (Nation of Change)
• Environmental and tribal groups urge Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to tighten standards that would trigger a shutdown of Line 5 during harsh weather. (Michigan Radio)

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COAL:
• A utility tells Kansas regulators “significant interest” remains in building a new coal plant in western Kansas that has stalled for more than a decade. (Wichita Eagle)
• “My goal is to keep the company together,” says former coal CEO Robert Murray, maintaining that coal is a more reliable power source than natural gas and renewables. (NPR)
• Demolition continues at a former coal plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (WLUK)

WIND: Ohio lawmakers propose legislation allowing local votes on wind projects, hoping to send development to areas of the state where wind has more support. (Toledo Blade)

SOLAR:
• A Kansas City suburb will install solar panels at 15 city-owned facilities to lower its carbon footprint and electricity bills. (Lee’s Summit Journal)
• City officials in La Crosse, Wisconsin, re-examine building codes as more residents express interest in installing solar panels. (WIZM)
• A 1 MW community solar project in southeastern Minnesota will be available to subscribers in four surrounding counties. (Lonsdale News Review)
• Solar installations at a Minnesota school district are expected to save $10,000 in electricity costs in the first year. (Bloomington Sun Current)

UTILITIES: An Indiana agency advocating for ratepayers says Duke Energy’s $400 million rate increase should be denied and current rates should drop $130 million. (Indianapolis Star)

COMMENTARY:
• “Decades of bad Statehouse policy” favoring private interests over the public could leave Ohio residents on the hook for cleaning up former coal mining sites, an editorial board says. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A proposal by grid operator MISO “should be recognized as proactive and forward looking” in planning for more renewable energy and storage, an analyst writes. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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