Midwest Energy News

Keystone pipeline spill in North Dakota contained, volume unknown

WIND: Revenue from wind turbine leases helped provide steady income for some Ohio farmers during a bad growing season. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A Keystone pipeline leak in northeastern North Dakota spans 1,500 feet in length, though the volume of oil spilled is unknown. (Forum News Service)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Hundreds gathered at the Illinois Capitol to support carbon-cutting legislation that has stalled amid a federal investigation into utilities. (Capitol News Illinois)
• “We have built the economic case that this is the right thing to do,” an Illinois lawmaker says of the state’s recent pursuit of clean energy. (Chicago Tribune)
Advocates see strong potential for wind and solar development in Nebraska because of the state’s “tremendous” natural resources. (Lincoln Journal Star)

COAL:
Murray Energy’s bankruptcy could diminish the company’s outspoken lobbying against environmental regulations. (E&E News, subscription)
• A ripple effect will likely be felt across the coal industry as Murray Energy proceeds through the bankruptcy process. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

BIOFUELS: A public hearing in southeastern Michigan draws opposition from farmers and oil refiners to the Trump administration’s proposal to boost ethanol sales. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Some Minnesota residents say Xcel Energy’s long-term clean energy plan doesn’t go far enough and relies too heavily on natural gas. (Mankato Free Press)

STORAGE: Consumers Energy launches a residential energy storage pilot project in western Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

SOLAR: Local officials unanimously approve plans for a city’s first solar project in northern Indiana. (Logansport Pharos Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Former California Gov. Jerry Brown says Detroit automakers siding with the Trump administration over fuel efficiency standards should “shape up” and produce fuel-efficient cars U.S. consumers seek. (Utility Dive)

POWER PLANTS: A Minnesota power plant that helped provide habitat for peregrine falcons is being decommissioned over the next year. (MPR News)

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NATURAL GAS: Xcel Energy made $7 million in natural gas line upgrades this summer in preparation for extremely cold weather that left some customers without service last winter. (WCCO)

COMMENTARY:
• An Indiana editorial board says Republican Sen. Mike Braun’s effort to lead a climate change caucus in the U.S. Senate shows “political courage.” (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
• A Minnesota climate activist says a utility’s plan for a new natural gas plant in northern Wisconsin is increasingly uneconomic compared to clean energy. (Duluth News Tribune)

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