Midwest Energy News

Michigan governor changes course on Line 5 tunnel oversight

PIPELINES: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers scrap plans for an existing authority to oversee a potential tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline and will likely create a new entity for the project. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO:
• Author and pipeline activist Winona LaDuke is among several applicants seeking an open seat on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. (Associated Press)
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer and investors may have lost billions due to the way the company managed social risks in the lead-up to construction, a new report says. (Desmog Blog)

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SOLAR:
• Wisconsin’s largest solar group-buying program is spearheaded by an all-volunteer citizen-led nonprofit in the northern, rural part of the state. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota’s first major solar-plus-storage project is set to come online this month. (Finance & Commerce)

COAL: U.S. power plants that burned refined “clean coal” underperformed the rest of the industry in reducing nitrogen oxide emissions, an analysis finds. (Reuters)

WIND: A developer challenges an eastern Illinois township’s wind zoning regulations in court. (Champaign News-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Missouri ratepayer advocates say Ameren’s cost recovery proposal for EV charging infrastructure should be tied to meeting adoption goals. (Utility Dive)
• President Trump’s top economic adviser says the White House will end incentives for EV purchases, though it would require an act of Congress. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES:
• The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) rejects a Michigan lawmaker’s proposal to endorse electric market competition. (Utility Dive)
Utility Dive names Xcel Energy “utility of the year” for investing in renewable energy and electric vehicles “while pursuing innovative business models.”

OVERSIGHT:
• The U.S. EPA hosts a public roundtable today with representatives from North Dakota’s coal and oil industries and state officials on improving environmental outcomes. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has a change in leadership in the remaining weeks of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. (Wisconsin State Journal)

POWER PLANTS: Steam released from two power plants in northeastern Nebraska cause an increase in snowfall in the area. (Motherboard)

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GRID: PJM formally integrates the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. as a new transmission zone in the grid operator’s territory. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• Winona LaDuke writes after state regulators approve Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement plan: “It’s time for the tribes to stand with our people and protect our water.” (The Circle)
• A Republican state senator from Ohio seeks to reform wind setback restrictions in an effort to boost the state’s advanced energy sector. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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