Midwest Energy News

Michigan governor raises legal questions over Line 5 tunnel plan

PIPELINES:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asks the state’s attorney general for a legal opinion on a series of questions related to a deal by the former administration to tunnel the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)
• A North Dakota judge refuses to award attorney fees to a private security company that won a court case in the wake of the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

MICROGRIDS: Chicago’s Museum Campus explores the potential for a shared microgrid among its three major facilities, though questions remain over operations and management. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES: A Wisconsin-based health provider plans to power all of its facilities, including 27 hospitals, with renewable energy by 2030. (Racine Journal Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors reportedly hit 200,000 electric vehicle sales by the end of 2018, triggering a phase-out of a federal tax credit over the next 15 months. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
• An Ohio entrepreneur launched a solar consulting and installation business in 2003, growing as project financing became more readily available. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• State regulators start reviewing plans for a 110 MW solar project on tribal land in South Dakota. (Pierre Capital Journal)
• Some residents signal opposition to community solar projects in eastern and northwestern Illinois over land-use concerns. (Champaign News-Gazette, Sauk Valley Media)
• An Oklahoma coal producer urges Indiana regulators to deny Vectren’s application to build a 50 MW solar project as the utility plans to close most of its coal capacity in the coming years. (Platts)

COAL: Utilities transitioning from coal and embracing stronger renewable energy targets are a main factor in the coal industry’s decline. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe is selected as a Crain’s Detroit Business “newsmaker of the year” for taking leadership on clean energy issues.

WIND: A planned 40 MW wind project in Wyoming will also help meet customer demand in South Dakota, Black Hills Energy officials say. (Rapid City Journal)

GRID: Utility proposals to modernize the electric grid are among the top industry trends projected for 2019. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Officials plan to investigate a fire that was extinguished at a Nebraska nuclear plant over the weekend. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: An equipment failure causes 469 barrels of brine to spill at a well site in northwestern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Developers behind a 3 MW solar project at Ohio Northern University say campus solar projects support a renewable energy-based curriculum. (PV Magazine)

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