Midwest Energy News

Michigan drops out of lawsuits challenging emissions rules

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed 120-mile transmission line from Iowa to central Wisconsin say the project is unnecessary, ecologically disruptive and could extend the life of coal plants. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Attorney General Dana Nessel removes the state of Michigan from two lawsuits challenging the Clean Power Plan and limiting coal plant emissions. (The Hill)

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SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators seek more information from two utilities looking to invest nearly $400 million in new solar projects. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A solar carport project at Michigan State University is working as planned after its first year of operation. (WLNS)

PIPELINES: An Enbridge natural gas pipeline explodes in eastern Ohio, destroying two homes and prompting an evacuation. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES:
• Wisconsin clean energy advocates seeking to accelerate the state’s energy transition now have an ally in Gov. Tony Evers. (E&E News, subscription)
• Large U.S. corporations invested in wind and solar projects in multiple Midwestern states last year. (GreenBiz)

WIND: A 200 MW wind project comes online in northeastern Nebraska. (North American Windpower)

COAL:
• Michigan’s two largest utilities are in a race to end coal use by 2040 despite the Trump administration’s effort to bolster the industry. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Two well-known U.S. “green investors” reexamine their investments in an insurance broker after an investigation into “clean coal” raises questions about the company’s involvement with the technology. (Reuters)

FRAC SAND: A western Wisconsin county considers whether to add regulations on frac sand mining operations following public concerns. (LaCrosse Tribune)

BIOFUELS: 2018 was a record year for ethanol production in Iowa. (WHO-TV)

HYDROELECTRIC: Federal regulators uphold a decision to revoke the license of a small hydropower plant in Michigan over the owner’s ongoing non-compliance with safety measures. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS: Environmental groups challenge an air permit approved for an ethane cracker plant in southern Ohio. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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POLITICS: A joint podcast from the Energy News Network and Greentech Media explores how clean energy is a winning issue for conservatives. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: An economic development advocate in Appalachian Ohio supports AEP’s plan to build 400 MW of solar power in the region. (Columbus Dispatch)

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