Midwest Energy News

Michigan governor halts permitting for Line 5 tunnel

PIPELINES: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer halts permitting for the Line 5 tunnel following the attorney general’s legal opinion that a law related to the project is unconstitutional. (Bridge Magazine)

ALSO:
• Enbridge seeks to replace an above-ground, 10-mile portion of its Line 4 pipeline in northeastern Minnesota that crosses the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The ACLU challenges a South Dakota law allowing officials to seek money from pipeline demonstrators who encourage violence. (Associated Press)
• The Minnesota legislature splits over a bill that would have forced the state to drop its appeals of regulators’ Line 3 pipeline approval. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES:
• DTE Energy releases its long-term energy plan, calling for the accelerated closure of multiple coal plants and reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent a decade earlier than previously planned. (Detroit News)
• DTE’s CEO says he is not concerned about the legal dispute over Obama-era climate rules: “The industry is going to blow right past the Clean Power Plan.” (E&E News, subscription)
• Board elections at Minnesota electric cooperatives could help steer the course of power production across the state. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• We Energies seeks to increase rates 5.9 percent in Wisconsin over the next two years to pay for reliability and clean energy investments. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

POLITICS: Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota says the vote on the Green New Deal could be a “grand bargaining opportunity” between Republicans and Democrats on energy policy. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signs a bill seeking to end a longstanding disagreement over oil tax revenue with the Fort Berthold Indian reservation. (Associated Press)

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SOLAR:
• A Minnesota college pursues multiple solar installations to produce net energy savings of 10 to 15 percent. (Brainerd Dispatch)
• Proposed state legislation would appropriate $6 million to the University of Minnesota for solar power. (Minnesota Daily)
• A home solar installer plans to add 200 jobs in Illinois by the end of the year. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

COAL:
• Some analysts are concerned about an oversupply of coal in the Illinois Basin due to increased production, declining demand and lower seaborne pricing. (Platts)
• Coal plants continue to close in the Midwest despite the Trump administration’s promise to revive the industry. (Washington Post)

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