Midwest Energy News

Minnesota lawmakers advance controversial nuclear plant bill

NUCLEAR:
• A Minnesota Senate committee advances a controversial bill that would change how Xcel Energy recovers costs for nuclear plant upgrades. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio returns to service after what will likely be its last refueling outage. (Toledo Blade)

COAL: Indiana utilities downplay findings of high levels of contaminants at coal-ash storage sites, saying they don’t reflect conditions closer to residents. (Indianapolis Star)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A Michigan researcher says both sides in the “fracking” debate have misperceptions about the process and its impacts. (Midwest Energy News)
• Officials say a mixture of about 500 gallons of crude oil and produced water from a well have reached a creek in southwestern North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• The population in a North Dakota oil patch area shrinks by 1.7 percent due to the recent industry slowdown, according to new data. (Associated Press)
• A company agrees to pay a $320,000 fine and upgrade pollution controls for its oil and gas operations on a North Dakota reservation. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota Republicans’ attempt to short-circuit the review process and approve Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion receives pushback. (Forum News Service)
• The new Line 3 route would pass through several environmentally sensitive areas in northern Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND:
• Officials in a Nebraska county reach a compromise over new wind regulations that are more stringent than state rules. (Norfolk Daily News)
• The developer of the first offshore wind project in Lake Erie wants quicker action by regulators on the stalled project. (WOSU)
• A central Illinois town approves rules that would keep wind turbines at least 1.5 miles from the city limits. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• Aging wind turbines are being “repowered” to operate more efficiently, creating a thriving new sector for the industry. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota solar company is under investigation for failing to deliver on installation projects. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Local officials approve plans for a 2 MW solar project, which will be the first for a northern Illinois county. (SaukValley.com)
• Funding for an Illinois program aimed at developing solar energy for low-income residents is safe for the first year. (E&E News, subscription)

OHIO: State lawmakers are expected to take action on clean energy standards after the General Assembly returns from break next month. (WOSU)

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COMMENTARY:
• Advocates raise air pollution concerns over DTE Energy’s plan for a new natural gas power plant near Detroit. (Detroit Metro Times)
• A Republican congressman from Indiana backs legislation that would give billions of dollars a year in tax credits to the coal industry but provide no grid reliability benefits, analysts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

MORE FROM THE ENERGY NEWS NETWORK: Massachusetts has emerged as a national leader in converting formerly contaminated sites into clean energy projects. (Northeast Energy News)

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