Midwest Energy News

Minnesota agencies approve key Line 3 pipeline permits

SOLAR: The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians seeks to ramp up solar installations at its northern Minnesota reservation while hopefully serving as a model for other tribes, officials say. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Michigan solar advocates continue to raise alarms about looming caps in some utilities’ distributed generation programs, which would create uncertainty for customers and installers. (MLive)
• County officials in northwestern Ohio say state regulators will ultimately decide whether a planned 375 MW solar project moves forward. (Lima News)
• Plans move forward for a 50 MW Otter Tail Power solar project in western Minnesota. (Fergus Falls Daily Journal)

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PIPELINES: Two Minnesota agencies approve key permits for the Line 3 pipeline reroute and expansion, and labor officials say construction could begin as early as next month after a few remaining permits are secured. (MPR News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ford unveils the electric version of its Transit cargo van, promising business customers in particular lower long-term operational costs. (Detroit News)
• Rivian plans to start taking orders next week for its inaugural electric truck models that are being built in downstate Illinois. (Chicago Tribune) 

WIND:
• Local officials in mid-Michigan will hold a public hearing next month on proposed wind siting regulations that could pave the way for a new project. (Greenville Daily News)
• County officials in eastern Michigan seek clarification after DTE Energy sought to lower tax assessments on a wind project. (Huron Daily Tribune)

EMISSIONS: U.S. utilities that have pledged to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050 may face a tighter timeline under the Biden administration. (E&E News, subscription)

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OVERSIGHT: Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee said the agency “could have done better” by including state regulators at a previous carbon pricing conference. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: Analysts say Peabody Energy has been “unable or unwilling to pivot to a more profitable or financially sustainable business model” as the company floats the potential for seeking bankruptcy protection again. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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