Midwest Energy News

Marathon investors seek answers on social, environmental risks of projects

EFFICIENCY: Xcel Energy is preparing a pilot program in two Minneapolis neighborhoods that will automatically enroll more than 10,000 customers into time-of-use rates during peak hours. (Midwest Energy News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A developer wants to build a “smart neighborhood” near Detroit that includes net-zero homes, renewable energy generation and electric vehicle charging stations. (Michigan Radio)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A shareholder resolution calls on Ohio-based Marathon Corp. to address environmental and social risks associated with infrastructure like pipelines. (Inside Climate News)
• Officials in Kalamazoo, Michigan, consider a company’s request to look for subterranean oil reserves in a public park. (MLive)
• North Dakota officials continue monitoring an oil and produced-water spill last week at a saltwater disposal well. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Federal safety regulators investigate a death that took place last week at an oil drilling site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: An Ohio city considers a truce with the developer of the Nexus gas pipeline in which both sides would agree to dismiss any pending legal actions. (Akron Beacon Journal)

WIND:
• The proposed Grain Belt Express wind-transmission project will be in court again this week as the developer challenges a decision by Missouri regulators to block the project. (Hannibal Courier-Post)
• Some residents express concern over setback distances related to a proposed wind development in northwestern Indiana. (Kokomo Tribune)

SOLAR: Tariffs on imported solar panels could negatively impact a planned community solar project in southeastern Ohio. (Athens Post)

UTILITIES:
• A small natural-gas utility in central Ohio says its larger rival is using unfair tactics to gain new customers. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Illinois regulators approve a $137 million rate increase for a Chicago-area gas company, though the higher rates will likely be offset by company savings under federal tax changes. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Utility subsidiaries of AES Corp. plan to cut 160 jobs in Indiana in the coming months as part of a broader restructuring. (Indianapolis Star)

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NUCLEAR: A city council in southeastern Ohio passes a resolution opposing plans for a nuclear waste disposal facility. (Athens Post)

COAL:
• A developer plans to demolish a former coal plant in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and replace it with warehouses. (Chicago Tribune)
• An abandoned coal mine in eastern Ohio continues to cause property damage to a nearby resident. (WTOV)

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