Midwest Energy News

Line 5 pipeline temporarily shut down following court order

PIPELINES: A Michigan judge orders Enbridge to temporarily shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, citing a lack of disclosure following significant damage last week to one of the line’s anchor supports. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Minnesota regulators uphold permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement and expansion after challenges from tribes, environmental groups and a state agency. (MPR News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A new report details clean energy job losses in the Midwest since the pandemic and recommends policies to jumpstart the industry that had been growing faster than the broader economy. (Wisconsin State Journal)

WIND: Wind energy component shipments are benefitting a southeastern Michigan port, which is handling 40 wind tower segments every eight days as part of its largest project to date. (Monroe News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Vice President Mike Pence attends the unveiling of Lordstown Motors’ electric pickup truck in Ohio, saying it’s “another example of the great American comeback.” (Cincinnati Business Courier)
• A recent study details state-by-state consumer cost savings by switching to electric vehicles. (InsideClimate News)
• Environmental groups give mixed reactions to Ford’s carbon neutral pledge, with some saying the company’s best-selling vehicle is still highly polluting. (E&E News, subscription; Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Pollinator habitat will be included around a planned 80-acre solar project at the site of a former Indiana coal plant. (Indiana Public Media)
• A central Indiana county advances solar regulations that would limit projects to industrial and agricultural land and include height and setback restrictions. (Journal Review)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says the U.S. EPA shouldn’t take dozens of petitions from small oil refiners seeking exemptions from biofuel blending requirements. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

GRID: Indiana Michigan Power plans $9 million grid infrastructure upgrades including a roughly half-mile underground transmission line. (Daily Energy Insider)

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OIL & GAS: A Minnesota oil and gas company plans a stock split to increase share prices following the industry downturn due to the pandemic. (Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Racial disparities in health, policies that favor polluters, and climate change-fueled disasters have been made “more severe and more obvious” by the pandemic, environmental advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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