Midwest Energy News

Minnesota court rejects Line 3 pipeline environmental review

PIPELINES: A Minnesota appeals court reverses state regulators’ approval of an environmental review for the Line 3 replacement pipeline, saying it didn’t adequately address a potential spill in the Lake Superior watershed. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois lawmakers approve a road-funding plan that increases annual electric vehicle fees to $248, far lower than the $1,000 originally proposed. (Chicago Tribune)

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• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a policy to allow commercial solar projects on farmland preservation property if they incorporate pollinator-friendly habitat. (Bridge Magazine)
• Developers seek to use solar panels as a sound barrier along a Minnesota interstate. (KSTP)
• A company wants to bring flying solar-powered pods to Madison, Wisconsin, as a form of microtransit. (WKOW)
• A fellowship program from southeast Asia studying energy and environmental policy visits a landfill solar project near Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

STORAGE: A city in northeastern Nebraska plans to install a 1.5 MW battery at a 2.3 MW solar site. (Sioux City Journal)

RENEWABLES: Washington governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee says Iowa is a model for creating renewable energy jobs. (Des Moines Register)

COAL: A central Ohio town braces for the economic impact of a coal plant closing next year. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COAL ASH: Groundwater monitoring continues at some of the largest coal ash storage sites in Michigan. (Great Lakes Echo)

BIOFUELS: Advocates say a new rule allowing year-round sales of higher blend ethanol could double sales this year. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Wisconsin’s largest utility renews its push to increase fixed monthly fees that critics say penalize those who use the least electricity. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A company seeks to “fundamentally change” the way natural gas is produced and used in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Michigan municipal utility breaks ground on a 250 MW natural gas plant. (Power Engineering)

WIND: North Dakota regulators will hold a public hearing this month on a proposed 205 MW wind project. (Bismarck Tribune)

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OHIO: Protesters in Toledo say a bill to subsidize coal and nuclear plants is “bad for Ohio.” (Toledo Blade)

• A Minnesota columnist says the latest International Energy Agency report is a sobering account on the lack of clean energy investment globally. (MinnPost)
• An Ohio editorial board says supporting nuclear plants isn’t “inherently a terrible idea,” but legislation shouldn’t do so at the expense of clean energy. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The CEO of Consumers Energy says sustainability is a key pillar to helping grow the state’s economy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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