Midwest Energy News

Michigan AG asks court to temporarily shut down Line 5

PIPELINES: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel asks a judge to temporarily shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after damage to an anchor support was found last week. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota are among states opposed to the Trump administration’s new rules to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas as court disputes surround pipeline projects. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: An Illinois agreement that extends the state’s moratorium on utility shut-offs and provides nearly $50 million in ratepayer relief could be a model for other states, consumers advocates say. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• The developer of a pilot offshore wind project in Lake Erie asks state regulators to reconsider a ruling setting dozens of restrictions that could kill the project. (Cleveland.com)
• Local officials in central Kansas agree to revisit regulations for commercial wind projects. (Hutchinson News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators approve Xcel Energy’s electric vehicle plan that gives customers the option to have the utility install and maintain charging stations in homes and businesses. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

COAL: Indiana utilities Vectren and NIPSCO plan to shift from coal to mostly renewables in the coming years despite a recent state law that attempts to slow power plant closures. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

SOLAR:
• Solar panel manufacturing is part of Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke’s multi-faceted effort to jumpstart the “next economy.” (Star Tribune)
• Officials announce a 6-acre solar project at a redevelopment in St. Paul, Minnesota, that will accompany a nearby hydroelectric dam. (Star Tribune)
• An environmental group is pushing for legislation that would require new homes to be built with solar panels in 10 states, including Michigan and Minnesota. (PV Magazine)

RENEWABLES: The president of the Nebraska Farmers Union says renewable energy creates jobs, local tax relief and additional income for farmers. (Norfolk Daily News)

OVERSIGHT: Utility regulators from several Midwestern states will serve on a task force focused on emergency preparedness, recovery and resiliency. (Daily Energy Insider)

GRID: Two Indiana utilities receive a combined $22 million in federal loans to bolster grid infrastructure and smart grid technologies. (Inside Indiana Business)

COMMENTARY: A recently approved wind project in northwestern North Dakota will help boost the local economy, says an area economic development director. (Williston Herald)

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