Midwest Energy News

Keystone pipeline spill impacts 10 times more land than estimated

The Keystone pipeline spill has affected nearly 10 times more land in eastern North Dakota than originally estimated. (The Hill)
• U.S. House Democrats call on the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether the Keystone pipeline’s owner was meeting safety requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The Ohio Supreme Court could hear two cases that decide the fate of subsidies approved by lawmakers for nuclear plants. (Ohio Public Radio)

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GRID: A group representing independent power producers wants grid operator PJM to move swiftly on its annual capacity auction as it develops new rules for distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Republican lawmakers representing rural Wisconsin districts say President Trump isn’t holding up his promise to support the biofuels industry. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• Officials in Columbia, Missouri, approve plans for a 64 MW solar project that will provide power to the city’s utility for 20 years. (Columbia Missourian)
• Plans for a 1 MW community solar project in southern Minnesota move forward despite concerns from some neighbors about the impact on property values and erosion. (Mankato Free Press)

• Local officials in southern Michigan consider regulations to restrict wind energy development as DTE Energy looks to site a project there. (Battle Creek Enquirer)
• Developers of a planned 170 MW wind project in southeastern Minnesota seek new plans for connecting it to the grid. (Forum News Service)

• Iowa City plans to reduce its carbon emissions in the coming decade by targeting buildings and transportation. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Officials in Bloomington, Indiana, say citywide and individual efforts are needed to lower the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. (Indiana Public Media)

TRANSPORTATION: General Motors realigns the composition of its workforce to focus more on electric and self-driving vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)

FRAC SAND: A Texas company devalues its sand assets in Wisconsin by more than $215 million, signaling the industry’s downturn in the state. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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OIL & GAS: Officials are investigating the cause of a gas main leak that led to an explosion and fire in a Cleveland suburb. (WKYC)

• A Republican lawmaker from Illinois calls plans for the state to run on 100% renewable energy by 2050 a “fantasy.” (Decatur Herald & Review)
• A Wisconsin solar equipment supplier says a planned natural gas plant near Lake Superior is a “boondoggle of tremendous proportions” that will likely become a stranded asset. (Duluth News Tribune)

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