Midwest Energy News

Minnesota court requires environmental study for proposed gas plant

POWER PLANTS: The Minnesota Court of Appeals rules that state regulators must consider the environmental impacts for a proposed natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, dealing a setback to the project. (Duluth News Tribune)

CLEAN TECH: Utilities are increasingly trying to figure out how blockchain software can help secure their operations as more customer-owned generation comes on the grid. (Energy News Network)

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Attempts to double the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline are rekindling opposition from tribal and environmental groups and raising questions among some state regulators. (Chicago Tribune)
• Tribal law experts say consultations required from the federal government on pipeline projects are routinely inadequate and inconsistent. (Grist)
• Enbridge retrieves debris that had been resting against the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac since September. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge will allow environmental and tribal groups to proceed with lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

Iowa officials study the availability of electric vehicle charging stations and compressed natural gas along Interstate 80. (Radio Iowa)
• Minnesota propane advocates want state officials to consider liquid propane as an alternative to electric school busses for spending Volkswagen settlement funds. (Minneapolis Star Tribune) 

UTILITIES: A Michigan judge rules several aspects of DTE Energy’s long-term energy are flawed, including forecasts for renewable energy, leaving state regulators to decide on the utility’s plan in the coming weeks. (Michigan Radio)

COAL: Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio joins two other senators in calling for an investigation of a federal tax credit for refined coal. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: A series of policy differences has made Minnesota a renewable energy leader over neighboring Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• Regions of Ohio faced with automotive plant closures look to reposition as hubs for electric vehicle development. (Associated Press)
• An Indianapolis car-sharing program for electric vehicles ceases operations after four years. (Indianapolis Star)
• Minnesota considers a variety of policies aimed at boosting electric vehicle ownership. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLIMATE: Iowa City officials propose spending nearly $1 million next fiscal year on emergency efforts to fight climate change. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• A developer cancels plans for a 31-turbine wind project in western Michigan due to “stringent” restrictions, though local officials share a different account. (MLive)
• South Dakota regulators delay a decision on waiving a developer’s requirement to install low-noise attachments on wind turbine blades. (Watertown Public Opinion)

• Officials in Dane County, Wisconsin, say clean energy is part of the area’s broader plan to address environmental challenges with technology. (Madison Capital Times)
• Minnesota small businesses are leading the state’s growth in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: A company completes the acquisition of two ethanol plants in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

COMMENTARY: Energy News Network reporter Kari Lydersen says a recent trip to Antarctica drove home the “horror and tragedy of what humans have done to the earth with climate change.”

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