Midwest Energy News

Minnesota court denies challenge over Line 3 environmental review

PIPELINES: The Minnesota Supreme Court rejects challenges to an environmental review of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, allowing the project to move forward in the regulatory approval process. (Minnesota Public Radio)

EFFICIENCY: A new partnership allows ComEd to connect with community action agencies in northern Illinois to spread energy efficiency spending in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)

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UTILITIES: Duke Energy announces plans to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050, though its path will likely vary among states where it has utilities. (WRAL)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
General Motors’ shift to electric vehicles may be propelling a workers strike around the country, as EV production requires fewer jobs. (Wired)
• The tension between labor and electric vehicle production is seen at auto plants elsewhere in the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
• An Indiana county will keep a 2017 wind turbine moratorium in place despite a developer’s interest in building a project there. (Lafayette Journal & Courier)
• A 106 MW wind project is expected to come online next month in central North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Construction is completed on a 242 MW wind project in northwestern Missouri. (North American Windpower)

BIOFUELS:
• The most recent 31 ethanol waivers granted to oil refineries by the Trump administration were the “final blow” that caused an Iowa ethanol plant to shut down, according to its chairman. (Radio Iowa)
• Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he won’t celebrate a new Trump biofuels policy until the U.S. EPA formalizes a plan. (Radio Iowa)

CARBON CAPTURE: The Department of Energy awards $10 million to advance research on a carbon capture and storage project in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Local officials continue to deliberate over a proposed solar ordinance in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that would allow for a large-scale project. (Escanaba Daily Press)
• County officials approve a new zoning ordinance that will allow a planned 100 MW solar project in eastern Iowa to move forward. (Nebraska City News-Press)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Cincinnati-area school becomes the first of its kind in the Midwest to achieve net-zero energy status with a combination of energy efficiency and renewables. (WLWT)

COMMENTARY:
• Indiana regulators are among several in the U.S. that have rejected utilities’ long-term energy plans, and an analyst says DTE Energy in Michigan could be next. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• An Ohio columnist says a referendum on subsidies for nuclear and coal plants is needed to give voters the final say on the issue. (Fremont News Messenger)

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