Midwest Energy News

Michigan groups release their own plan to shut down Line 5 pipeline

CLEAN TECH: Manufacturing sensors and controls for advanced energy purposes is a major economic opportunity for Wisconsin, a new report concludes. (Midwest Energy News)

• An Iowa town’s plan to create a municipally owned utility is financially feasible and could lower customers’ bills, a consultant’s study finds. (Midwest Energy News)
• A northern Michigan electric cooperative now gets 56 percent of its energy supplies from carbon-free sources. (Cadillac News)

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• Advocacy groups in Michigan release a detailed plan to decommission Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, claiming the state’s actions so far have been slow and geared to benefit the company. (MLive)
• Michigan is paying a pair of experts hundreds of dollars per hour to monitor research being done by Enbridge as part of a legal agreement for operating Line 5. (Bridge Magazine)

• A group representing large energy users in Michigan says federal tax reforms and environmental rollbacks “alter the economics” of three coal plants owned by DTE Energy, and that regulators should reject the utility’s plan for a $1 billion gas plant to replace them. (E&E News, subscription)
• A coalition of clean energy groups also says DTE’s proposed gas plant is too risky and that renewables weren’t adequately considered. (pv Magazine)

POLICY: Federal tax reform is placing at least $3 billion in clean energy financing deals on hold, analysts report. (Bloomberg)

• Interest is growing in a potential solar farm in rural north-central Illinois. (Putnam County Record)
• Local officials in southeast Ohio discuss plans for a carbon-tax ordinance that would collect revenue for a solar development fund. (Athens Post)

• North Dakota oil production is expected to set records this year as the state recently had its highest monthly output since July 2015. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Some North Dakota oil drillers are restricting output to control the amount of natural gas burned off at wells in order to comply with flaring rules. (Associated Press)
• Nebraska residents are likely to see lower natural gas rates as a result of federal tax changes that lower corporate income taxes from 35 to 21 percent. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• A pump failure caused 880 barrels of brine to spill at a saltwater disposal well in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: Trends indicate Wisconsin’s grid will have much less coal-powered generation on it in the coming years. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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BIOFUELS: Many economists and some environmental groups now agree that biodiesel made from soybeans is a wasteful use of resources. (NPR)

• An energy analysis group praises federal regulators for blocking a plan by Ohio-based FirstEnergy to shift one of its coal plants along the Ohio River to a regulated utility. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• The Sierra Club says companies in multiple Midwest states continue pushing for advantages that support coal and nuclear plants despite setbacks at the federal level. (The Hill)

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