Midwest Energy News

Michigan legislation could bolster Line 5 tunnel plan

PIPELINES: A Michigan lawmaker introduces legislation to secure a plan to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, though the project is opposed by the incoming governor and attorney general. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• Tribes in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline say they will continue to fight the project after a favorable court ruling last week. (NPR)
• Climate advocates hope to use the “necessity defense” in efforts around the U.S. to close oil and gas pipelines. (Wired)

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GRID: Michigan’s two largest utilities plan a $7 billion upgrade over the next five years to modernize the state’s power grid. (Energy News Network)

ELECTION:
• Nebraska clean energy advocates gain two allies on Omaha’s public power utility board, while a third race was still too close to call. (Energy News Network)
• The Democrat who won an Illinois congressional seat in a strongly held GOP district made climate change and clean energy the centerpiece of his campaign. (The New Republic)
• Advocates say last week’s election of new Democratic governors in the Midwest could reconvene a former regional greenhouse gas and climate change pact. (E&E News)

MICROGRIDS: An official with Chicago-based S&C Electric, one of the largest companies building industrial-scale microgrids in the U.S., explains the emerging technology. (Energy News Network)

FRAC SAND: A company may abandon plans for a frac sand mining project in Wisconsin after a judge allows a lawsuit by nearby residents to proceed. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR: A company withdraws plans for a 4 MW solar project in Illinois after a company official’s comments on renewable energy credits created industry pushback. (Peoria Journal Star)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates work to expand access to energy efficiency programs for low-income and minority residents in Indiana. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

TRANSPORTATION: A General Motors official says the company will use its autonomous and electric vehicle technology to create flying cars. (Detroit Free Press)

BIOFUELS: An Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant that closed last fall is sold and will reopen under new ownership. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
• Ohio is part of a plan to build a plastics and petrochemical belt that relies on raw materials and energy from fracked gas wells. (The Revelator)
• Residents in a southwestern Michigan town speak out against a proposal to offer oil and gas leasing rights in a public park. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• Economics are more of a challenge for the Keystone XL pipeline than court rulings, says a Forbes columnist.
• An expert in tracking renewable energy generation says using blockchain to solve the energy industry’s problems may be overhyped. (Utility Dive)

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