Midwest Energy News

Michigan, Enbridge announce deal for Line 5 pipeline tunnel

PIPELINES: Michigan officials announce a deal with Enbridge to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, which could take seven to 10 years to build and cost up to $500 million. (Bridge Magazine)

OIL & GAS: An oil refinery explosion in Wisconsin this year could have been prevented if the plant’s equipment had been properly maintained, a federal investigation finds. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: Minneapolis-St. Paul’s metro area public transit system withdraws a plan to buy 131 diesel and hybrid buses following public feedback pressuring it to focus on electrifying its fleet. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Ratepayer advocates criticize Ameren Missouri’s six-year, $551 million energy efficiency proposal, saying it doesn’t provide enough benefits to customers. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Invenergy plans a unique renewable energy project in Ohio that combines a 175 MW wind farm with a 150 MW solar installation. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES: The Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska considers shifting to a clean energy policy based on emission reductions rather than renewable targets. (Omaha World-Herald)

• Residents disagree over a developer’s plan to build a solar project on a brownfield property in southern Illinois. (KFVS)
• A community solar project is under construction in southwestern Michigan. (WNDU)
• Utility customers show growing interest in installing solar panels in the Omaha, Nebraska metro area. (KMTV)
• Advocates in southeastern Minnesota tout the benefits of installing solar to reduce electric bills. (Steele County Times)
• Organic Valley announces details of a community solar partnership that will help it be fully powered by renewable energy next year. (Waste360)

WIND: A developer announces plans for a $141 million, 50-turbine wind project that spans two counties in southeastern Nebraska. (Hastings Tribune)

CLIMATE: Attorneys general from Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska challenge a lawsuit in Washington state that seeks to have large oil companies pay for climate change damages. (E&E News, subscription)

POWER PLANTS: Grid operator PJM files plans to reform its capacity market in a way that would change the value of state-subsidized resources like nuclear and renewables. (Utility Dive)

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