Midwest Energy News

Michigan AG casts doubt on climate consensus in ExxonMobil case

CLIMATE CHANGE: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette signs onto a court filing involving ExxonMobil that questions the scientific consensus around climate change. (Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• From the archives: Schuette and two other Midwestern attorneys general made similar claims in 2016. (Energy News Network)
• Some of the most carbon-intensive Midwestern states are driving support for lawmakers hostile toward climate change policies. (CNN)

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WIND:
• The prospect of up to 200 MW of wind development along the Mississippi River near St. Louis stokes debate among residents. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A California tech firm reaches a 15-year deal for power from an Illinois wind project that has been in the planning stage for 10 years. (Chicago Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa regulators will take a broad look at legal and policy questions surrounding electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a permit it granted last year for the Dakota Access pipeline is environmentally sound. (Reuters)
• A Canadian court’s rejection of a 700-mile pipeline project contrasts with the U.S. legal and regulatory system, pipeline critics here say. (E&E News)
• Enbridge reaches a deal with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to build its replacement Line 3 pipeline on tribal land in northeastern Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota landowners say little is being done to clean up abandoned drilling sites, leaving parcels unusable and contaminated. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR:
• The developers of a 1 MW community solar project in southern Minnesota hope to attract more individuals and families who previously were left out of the option. (Mankato Free Press)
• A solar bulk-buying cooperative in southeastern Ohio seeks more participants. (Wheeling News-Register)
• More than 100 Illinois homes and businesses will participate in a tour of their properties this month to promote solar energy. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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COAL:
• AEP and Xcel Energy are among utilities reluctant to invest in coal plants despite the Trump administration’s effort to save them. (Washington Examiner)
• Southeastern Ohio could see increased air pollution and premature deaths under President Trump’s effort to roll back coal regulations. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: A jury awards a North Dakota landowner nearly $200,000 following a dispute over a transmission line easement. (Minot Daily News)

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