Midwest Energy News

Line 5 pipeline tunnel plan divides Michigan Democrats, labor groups

PIPELINES: Labor groups that support building a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac are withholding political contributions from Michigan Democrats, causing division leading up to the 2020 election. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Michigan’s attorney general weighs in on the issue, saying Democrats shouldn’t be punished by labor groups for opposing the tunnel plan. (Detroit News)

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WIND:
• Northwestern Ohio residents urge state lawmakers to back legislation allowing for a local referendum on future wind projects. (Toledo Blade)
• Construction begins on a 299 MW wind project in northwestern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
While some Minnesota residents say wind development has disrupted their properties, others are willing to extend land leases for projects. (WCCO)

BIOFUELS:
• A cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa is downsizing and shifting its focus to research and development. (Radio Iowa)
• The dispute over biofuel requirements in fuel blending takes a new direction as federal lawmakers want quicker action on bioenergy for electricity. (E&E News, subscription)

FRACKING: A ballot committee seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing in Michigan continues its yearslong effort despite previously falling short on signatures. (MLive)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor leads a climate change task force with a broader focus that will include rural areas. (Wisconsin Examiner)

UTILITIES: Michigan environmental groups give DTE Energy failing grades for its 15-year clean energy investment plan, though the company says the claims “do not bear out factually.” (Michigan Advance)

COAL ASH:
• Coal ash recycling rates drop as more coal plants close across the U.S., though coal ash marketers are adapting to find new beneficial use options. (E&E News, subscription)
• Cleanup continues at a coal ash storage site in southeastern Indiana. (KGGL)

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GRID: The president of an electric and natural gas provider is appointed as CEO of grid operator PJM Interconnection. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: Wet weather in September caused oil production to drop in North Dakota, officials report. (Bismarck Tribune)

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