Midwest Energy News

Michigan governor rejects advisory board’s Mackinac pipeline recommendations

PIPELINES:
• Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder rejects recommendations from a pipeline safety advisory board to temporarily shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• The company building the Rover natural gas pipeline is “frustrated” by a recent order by federal regulators to halt construction under a river in Ohio. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR: Iowa’s only nuclear plant may close by the end of 2025 when the contract with its only utility customer expires. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The first electric vehicle charging corridor in Minnesota is completed between Minneapolis/St. Paul and the North Shore. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND:
• Legislation fails in Indiana that would have required farther wind turbine setbacks and approval from local voters before projects are sited. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)
• A Minnesota wind farm donates tens of thousands of dollars to local schools under charitable provisions in the project’s contract. (North American Wind Power)

SOLAR:
• An Illinois county west of Chicago is finishing drafting regulations on solar farms nearly a year after a moratorium was put in place. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle)
• President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels could cost Minnesota 600 jobs, solar industry advocates say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Illinois officials move forward with plans to expand solar programming to low-income residents and to increase access to community solar projects. (pv Magazine)

EMISSIONS:
• An East Chicago facility that bakes coal into high-carbon coke used by steelmakers agrees to dramatically reduce emissions under a plan with the U.S. EPA. (Chicago Tribune)
• Emission factors used by the U.S. EPA to measure air pollution from industrial sources like power plants are mostly unreliable. (Center for Public Integrity)

COAL:
• A company asks a judge to block the enforcement of new coal mining rules in a southwestern Indiana city. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• Oklahoma-based coal producer Alliance Energy plans to reopen an Indiana mine due to a strong export market. (Platts)

POLICY: The Future Energy Jobs Act shows Illinois is “choosing a different direction” than the Trump administration on energy policy, environmental groups say. (Peoria Public Radio)

STORAGE: Chicago-based grid equipment company S&C Electric will no longer manufacture energy storage batteries, but rather procure them from high-volume companies in the market. (Greentech Media)

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UTILITIES: State safety regulators cite and fine Xcel Energy for “serious” safety violations at the company’s Sherco plant in Minnesota following an incident last year that injured three workers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan utility’s plan to build a $1 billion natural gas plant is hundreds of millions of dollars more expensive than a clean energy approach, according to a coalition of environmental groups. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels will likely “harm the many to protect the few,” an Ohio editorial board says. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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