Midwest Energy News

Minnesota governor to continue appeal against Line 3 pipeline

NUCLEAR: Watchdog groups say a proposed nuclear fuel plant in Ohio would cross a potentially dangerous line by combining the capability to produce material for use in power plants and nuclear weapons. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: The lawyer nominated to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio would face requests to recuse himself from matters related to former clients, clean energy groups say. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will continue a court appeal started by his predecessor that could block Line 3 replacement plans. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• North Dakota will sue the federal government in an attempt to recoup $38 million it spent policing Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin joins the U.S. Climate Alliance committed to the Paris climate agreement, though it’s unclear how goals will be met in states with Republican legislatures. (Wisconsin Public Radio, E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Officials in a northern Illinois county await the results of a state lottery to see where more than a dozen solar projects could be located. (Rockford Register Star)
• A northwestern Illinois city sees recent growth and continued interest in solar development. (Kewanee Star Courier)

RENEWABLES: An AEP subsidiary will acquire Sempra Renewables, which controls stakes in seven wind projects and 724 MW of wind power across the U.S., for nearly $1.1 billion. (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES: Some University of Iowa faculty members express concern over administrators’ plan to explore privatizing the school’s utilities. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

POLICY: A southeastern Minnesota city backs statewide clean energy goals as well as policies supporting energy-efficient housing. (Red Wing Republican Eagle)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA will tie its proposal to expand sales of higher ethanol fuel with recommended changes to the renewable fuel credit system, though industry groups hoped the issues were taken up separately. (E&E News, subscription)

FRAC SAND: A southeastern Wisconsin frac sand mine lays off 29 employees due to fluctuating market demand. (Tomah Journal)

BIOENERGY: A company finishes the cleanup of an 80,000-gallon sludge spill at a biodigester site last month in Nebraska. (Sioux City Journal)

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SMART METERS: AEP plans to install thousands of smart meters in a northern Ohio city this summer as part of a broader plan to install nearly one million across its service territory. (Bucyrus Telegraph Forum)

OIL & GAS: A tank overflowed and caused 1,100 barrels of brine to spill at an oil site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

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