Midwest Energy News

Minneapolis drafts plan to help get residents out of cars

UTILITIES: Advocacy groups linked to DTE Energy are waging a public campaign to dismantle net metering in Michigan. (Energy News Network)

CITIES: Minneapolis officials are developing a transportation plan to help the city move away from cars and toward sustainable alternatives. (Star Tribune)

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VEHICLES: A Michigan electric truck startup company wins over investors and analysts who think it could challenge Tesla. (The Detroit News)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge says its Line 3 pipeline replacement and extension in Minnesota will be delayed about a year because of the permitting process. (Star Tribune)
• A huge fire ignites after a natural gas pipeline ruptured early Sunday about 40 miles northeast of Columbia, Missouri. (Kansas City Star)
• Tribes accuse the Army Corp of Engineers of withholding documents that could bolster their case against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota regulators set a hearing in April for a new Bakken pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids to a terminal in Montana. (Williston Herald)  

OIL & GAS:
• Wisconsin consumer advocates raise concerns about proposals to reduce the frequency of natural gas meter inspections. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A photographer discusses her traveling exhibition of images and audio showcasing life in the North Dakota oil fields. (Cambridge Day)

GRID:
• A southwestern Indiana rural electric cooperative receives a $10.5 million federal grant for smart grid and transmission improvements. (Associated Press)
• Manitoba Hydro again cancels planned payments to communities affected by a transmission line that will carry power from Manitoba to Minnesota. (CBC)

WIND:
• The sale of a San Diego renewable energy developer won’t affect plans for its wind energy project in West Michigan, company officials say. (MiBiz)
• A Missouri bill that would categorize wind farms as local property for assessment and taxation purposes passes the Senate. (Kirksville Daily Express)

SOLAR: Solar panels installed on a Racine, Wisconsin veterans housing and community center are expected to reduce its utility costs by 86 percent. (Fox 6)

POWER PLANTS: The closure of coal-fired power plants sparks waterfront redevelopment talks in two Michigan communities. (MiBiz)

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OVERSIGHT: Michigan’s attorney general says she wants to play a bigger role in advocating for the public in utility rate cases. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY:
• A doctor says climate change is a public health emergency and Michigan needs to transition to clean, renewable energy. (Traverse City Record Eagle)
• We must do what we can to transition as quickly as possible to renewable energy, a suburban Minneapolis lawmaker writes. (ABC Newspapers)

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