Midwest Energy News

Lawsuits and an oil boom 2 years after Dakota Access protests

OIL & GAS:
• Two years after the Dakota Access pipeline protests, legal challenges remain while North Dakota’s oil industry is booming once again. (NPR)
• Michigan advocates say the full costs of oil and gas pipelines are not being considered as new projects are proposed. (WEMU)

WIND:
• Kansas is a growing hub for wind development, which makes up more than one-third of the state’s energy portfolio and has brought thousands of direct and indirect jobs. (KWCH)
• A new agreement will power nearly 350 Illinois Starbucks locations with wind power. (Bloomberg)
• NextEra expects to complete construction in the next month on a 43-turbine wind project in western Iowa. (Audubon County Advocate Journal)

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PIPELINES:
• A member of the board being asked to approve a deal to tunnel Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac calls the plan “ill-conceived and clandestinely implemented.” (Michigan Radio)
• Contention over Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline plan could test Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s “One Minnesota” campaign theme. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• Organic Valley in Wisconsin is among companies pursuing renewable energy projects that directly benefit their local community. (GreenBiz)
• Ameren Missouri is taking initial steps to increase its renewable energy portfolio. (Missourinet)
• A project in northern Minnesota seeks to increase local renewable energy development. (Business North)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen is scouting locations for an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in North America. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Advocates in Kent, Ohio, explore the potential of creating a local solar cooperative. (Kent Record-Courier)

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UTILITIES: Declining fuel costs will mean lower electric rates for Madison Gas & Electric customers and reduce the risk of increased rates as a wind project comes online. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY: A northern Michigan editorial board supports a clear path forward for Line 5 that may include a tunnel but prioritizes the state’s interests. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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