Midwest Energy News

Michigan officials approve more support anchors for Line 5 pipeline

SOLAR: Crowdfunding campaigns are helping nonprofits — which can’t take advantage of federal tax credits — access funding for solar projects. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Critics of a community solar program in Omaha, Nebraska, say it more closely resembles a utility-owned solar project. (Midwest Energy News)
• An Illinois county outside of Chicago delays approval of three solar projects to address “agricultural community concerns.” (Daily Southtown)
• Some northeastern Illinois residents are concerned about solar development in their rural area, while local officials say it’s a better alternative than industrial power facilities. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

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PIPELINES: Michigan officials approve a permit for Enbridge to install 22 more support anchors along Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

WIND: The developer of a $167 million wind project in Wisconsin considers two more sites in the southwestern corner of the state. (Telegraph Herald)

COAL: Neighbors of a Wisconsin coal plant say they were exposed to another round of coal dust over the weekend. (WDJT)

OIL AND GAS: A new study says energy analysts are getting worse at predicting supply and demand for oil and gas. (NPR)

GRID: Investing in U.S. grid infrastructure could save customers about $2 billion a year, according to an industry study. (Utility Dive)

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RENEWABLES:
• A Cleveland data center purchases credits to offset all of its energy use with renewables. (North American Windpower)
• Two companies specializing in renewable energy design and construction complete a $255 million merger, which will be headquartered in Indianapolis. (Inside Indiana Business)

COMMENTARY:
• A utility watchdog group says growing profits from DTE Energy’s pipeline subsidiary create a conflict of interest as the company shifts from coal to natural gas generation. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Clean energy advocates say Michigan utility regulators have the evidence needed to reject DTE Energy’s plan for a $1 billion natural gas plant. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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