Midwest Energy News

Michigan company sued over transmission, pipeline damage has history of negligence

OIL AND GAS: Ohio University researchers are developing ways for oil and gas drillers to treat contaminated wastewater from fracking at the well site. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: The company being sued for damaging an underwater transmission cable and the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan has faced accusations of negligence in the past. (MLive)

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• Wisconsin’s Dairyland Electric Cooperative will purchase power from three new 1.5 megawatt solar projects in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• Michigan solar advocates are calling for a change in state law that would make solar installations exempt from property taxes. (Michigan Radio)
• An Ohio utility unveils a new community solar project. (Lancaster Eagle Gazette)
• The city of Marietta, Ohio unveils a new solar array atop its municipal court building. (Marietta Times)

COAL ASH: One in three coal plants in the U.S. have tested for high levels of contaminants at coal ash storage sites, though the EPA is considering rules that would weaken the consequences for companies. (ProPublica)

• A western Minnesota research center installs fast-charging stations that will be powered by solar panels on nearby agricultural land. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• States regulators and utilities across the U.S. are developing policies around electric vehicles to manage grid impacts, rates and infrastructure. (Ensia)

• Alliant Energy receives approval to add 500 MW of wind energy in Iowa; about one-third of its capacity will come from wind by 2020. (Utility Dive)
• Advocates see untapped wind energy potential in Indiana as communities take varied approaches to development. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

• A Department of Energy official says of FirstEnergy’s struggling coal and nuclear plants: “We’re going to approach this as a policy problem, not an economic emergency for individual companies.” (E&E News, subscription)
• The Trump administration is considering using a Cold War-era statute in the name of national defense to keep struggling coal and nuclear plants online. (Bloomberg)

RENEWABLES: A northern Michigan town adopts a green-pricing program for customers who want to purchase an increased share of renewable energy. (Petoskey News-Review)

GRID: Xcel Energy is expanding the use of drones to inspect power lines, becoming the first U.S. utility to get federal approval to fly the aircraft beyond where a pilot can see it. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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EMISSIONS: Ride-sharing company Lyft will purchase carbon offsets for the 1.4 million vehicles in its U.S. fleet. (Reuters)

• A Minnesota nonprofit seeks to improve the dialogue around climate change, encouraging a personal connection to complex scientific issues. (MinnPost)
• Ratepayer advocates say Indiana has an opportunity to capitalize on the declining costs and increasing efficiency of wind energy. (Kokomo Tribune)

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