Midwest Energy News

Keystone pipeline spill impacts 10 times more land than estimated

PIPELINES:
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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

CLIMATE:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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