Midwest Energy News

Michigan renewable campaign ends after utilities agree to targets

RENEWABLES:
• A ballot initiative requiring Michigan utilities to reach 30 percent renewable energy by 2030 is abandoned after DTE Energy and Consumers Energy agree to long-term clean energy goals. (Detroit News)
• Environmental activist Tom Steyer says the agreement that includes 25 percent renewable energy by 2030 sends a “gigantic statement” to the Trump administration. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• The Ohio Senate could vote on a bill soon that scales back the amount of renewable energy required for utilities. (Toledo Blade)

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CLEAN ENERGY: An Ohio business group says state lawmakers should embrace clean energy policies to control rates, improve grid reliability and bring investment. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: A challenge to building long-distance transmission projects involves moving between territories of regional grid operators, developers say. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Advocates say an incident last month that dented the Line 5 pipeline and severed an underwater transmission cable is a “warning shot” for what could come. (Northern Express)
• Environmental and tribal groups prepare for what could be a years-long fight over the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND:
• Ohio legislation to resolve wind turbine setback disputes could put environmentalists at odds with industry over separate provisions that water down renewable energy requirements. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• New lighting requirements take effect for North Dakota wind farms, though companies still need federal approval before installing the new technology. (Bismarck Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Advocates are concerned about a state agency’s response to ongoing air pollution violations at a waste-to-energy facility in Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

BIOFUELS:
• Agriculture technology firms in the Great Plains push for policy stability around the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. (Forum News Service)
• Annual ethanol use by South Dakota’s state government holds steady at 2.3 million gallons. (Watertown Public Opinion)

POLITICS: A labor group representing utility workers calls for a Michigan lawmaker’s resignation after comments comparing Consumers Energy to “terrorists” he’d like to “shoot.” (Detroit News)

FRAC SAND: Farmers in eastern Missouri are concerned about plans for a frac sand mining site on land currently zoned residential. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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OIL AND GAS: Optimism is high among North Dakota oil and gas producers ahead of an annual conference this week. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A southeastern Michigan nuclear plant is operating at reduced power due to unexpected “pump vibrations.” (Toledo Blade)

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