Midwest Energy News

Line 3 pipeline faces more delays in Minnesota

PIPELINES: A campaign to convince Michigan residents to support a tunnel project for the Line 5 pipeline intensifies after negotiations between the state and the pipeline owner fall apart. (Energy News Network)

• Officials at a refinery in Toledo worry that decommissioning Line 5 could force it to close. (Toledo Blade)
• Minnesota agencies say a permitting timeline for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement needs to be revised, likely delaying the project further. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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SMART GRID: Utilities raise concerns over a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would allow Wi-Fi devices to use part of the spectrum  currently used for grid communications. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: Cost questions remain as utilities prepare to close hundreds of coal ash storage sites across the U.S. (Platts)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA is expected to release a new rule today to replace the Clean Power Plan and give states more leeway in how they regulate carbon emissions. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS: Democrats in Congress challenge a Trump administration plan to direct funds for a federal clean energy loan program toward a storage hub for natural gas liquids in Appalachia. See here for background on the plan. (InsideClimate News, Energy News Network archives)

RENEWABLES: A second northern Michigan city adopts a resolution calling for 100% renewable energy by 2035. (Petoskey News-Review)

• Transparent solar panels developed by researchers at Michigan State University could be an alternative option in Indiana communities where homeowners associations ban rooftop panels. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• An Indiana utility says it will likely have to increase rates to cover the costs of a planned large-scale solar project. (South Bend Tribune)
• A Nebraska utility unveils pricing options for customers who want to participate in a shared solar program. (Hastings Tribune)
• Local officials in an Illinois city decline to reconsider plans for a solar project at a water treatment facility. (Danville Commercial-News)
• An Ohio school district plans a 1.4 MW solar project that officials say could save the district $500,000 over 30 years. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)

WIND: A developer adds 61 turbines over the past year at an Indiana wind project. (WLFI)

UTILITIES: Westar Energy and Kansas City Power & Light continue discussions on a long-term integrated resource plan after the utilities merged. (WIBW)

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POLICY: Renewable energy advocates say tax credits for wind and solar should be phased out with new credits focused on energy storage. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Environmental advocates say equity and economic justice are key parts to Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act. (Peoria Journal Star)

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