Midwest Energy News

Minnesota approves Line 3 pipeline replacement route

STORAGE: Researchers in Michigan and Ohio are testing methods for long-duration energy storage using cheaper materials. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Minnesota electric cooperative unveils the state’s first large-scale solar-plus-storage project. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota regulators formally approve the proposed route for the Line 3 replacement project. (Duluth News Tribune)
• About two-thirds of the Nexus gas pipeline through Ohio and southern Michigan is now in service. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• A group of landowners from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation claim the owner of an oil pipeline that crosses the reservation in North Dakota is trespassing. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• Ohio-based AEP says it is focused on smaller renewable energy projects after Texas regulators rejected the company’s plan for a 2,000 MW wind project. (RTO Insider)
• Minnesota ranks among the top states in the U.S. for shared renewable energy programs, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)

POWER PLANTS: The vast majority of stakeholder comments oppose proposed subsidies for FirstEnergy’s uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (S&P Global)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel stands by his effort to defend Exxon Mobil from climate litigation, saying it would keep the state from facing legal liability. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• A new report details the amount and location of coal ash being stored across Michigan. (Capital News Service)
• State regulators reschedule a public hearing on a plan for a coal-to-diesel plant in southern Indiana. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: The stakes are high for the future of clean energy, coal and climate change in the Illinois governor’s race. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOENERGY: Steel tariffs contribute to increased costs for a planned biodigester facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (MLive)

TRANSPORTATION: General Motors’ plan for a national zero-emissions vehicle program puts the company at odds with the Trump administration while environmental groups say it’s a “distraction.” (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: A Wisconsin high school holds an electronics recycling drive to raise money for solar panels. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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NUCLEAR: Environmental groups oppose a wastewater discharge permit recently issued to a nuclear plant in southeastern Michigan. (Toledo Blade)

COMMENTARY:
• Critics question why Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appears to be fast-tracking a deal to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the few remaining months of his administration. (Detroit News)
• An editorial board urges voters to reject for an eighth time a ballot proposal to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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