Midwest Energy News

Line 5 reroute plans divide northern Wisconsin landowners

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Top priorities for Michigan’s first advisory council on environmental justice include fossil fuel pollution in southwest Detroit and a lack of access to clean energy programs. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge’s plan to reroute the Line 5 pipeline in northern Wisconsin divides neighbors and landowners about where it may be located. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Tribes and other pipeline activists gear up for another fight as the Trump administration seeks to revive the Keystone XL pipeline. (Mother Jones)

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COAL:
• A documentary features Wisconsin residents living near a We Energies coal plant who feel their health concerns aren’t being taken seriously. (Racine Journal Times)
• U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota claims coal retirements and financial challenges at a major plant in his state threaten grid reliability. (Inforum)

UTILITIES:
• Kansas business leaders raise concerns about a hedge fund’s efforts to push utility Evergy to replace coal plants with renewables. (KCUR)
• Consumers Energy’s focus on renewables and energy efficiency as its remaining coal fleet retires signals broader shifts ahead for the U.S. utility industry. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

WIND:
• A 205 MW wind project comes online in central Illinois that will generate up to $2.6 million annually in local taxes. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Another central Illinois county considers plans for its first wind project, though a zoning board has recommended against it twice. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An all-electric used vehicle dealership opens near Iowa City. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota power cooperative sues the owner of a synthetic natural gas plant over concerns that its members pay high rates due to the plant’s financial problems. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR: Minnesota residents weigh the long-term cost savings as they consider subscribing to community solar projects. (Mankato Free Press)

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CLIMATE: The Chicago City Council considers declaring a climate emergency that includes goals for net zero carbon emissions. (CBS Chicago)

COMMENTARY:
• Kansas City is a “logical center for renewable energy” as wind and solar companies start operations there, says a local business editor. (Kansas City Business Journal)
• After resolving neighborhood concerns, local officials should consider a revived plan for a solar project in eastern Illinois, an editorial board says. (Danville Commercial-News)

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