Midwest Energy News

Michigan pipeline monitor offline due to shutdown

PIPELINES: A crucial computer modeling system that would help officials respond to an oil spill in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac is offline due to the government shutdown. (MLive)

GRID: An Illinois court blocks the release of a report outlining a roadmap for the state’s future electric grid until a lawsuit over who was invited and allowed into study meetings is resolved. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Whether 400 MW of solar is needed is the key question for state regulators considering AEP’s renewable energy plan in southern Ohio. (Energy News Network)
• Xcel Energy’s Minnesota community solar program saw a three-fold increase in project applications in 2018 despite a lower reimbursement rate. (Energy News Network)
• A 4 MW solar project in northeastern Ohio is expected to come online in April. (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram)
• A bill in South Dakota looks to shorten the timeline for permitting solar projects. (Pierre Capital Journal)

WIND: A 220 MW wind project in southeastern South Dakota is scheduled for completion later this year. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

POLITICS: Senate Democrats challenge acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler during his confirmation hearing over his support for rolling back vehicle emission standards and the Clean Power Plan. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS: Low oil prices and cold weather cause a seasonal drop in North Dakota oil and gas production. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler says a new rule expanding E15 ethanol availability will be ready for summer. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmental advocates say Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project in Minnesota and a planned tunnel for Line 5 in Michigan are unnecessary and bring environmental risk. (MinnPost, Bridge Magazine)
• A Minnesota state senator says clean energy is among issues that should be addressed this session. (St. Peter Herald)

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