Midwest Energy News

Minnesota lawmakers consider harsher penalties for pipeline activists

PIPELINES: Minnesota lawmakers follow other states considering harsher penalties for activists who target critical infrastructure, including pipelines. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• A November Keystone pipeline leak in South Dakota was twice as big as originally estimated, making it one of the largest inland spills since 2010. (Aberdeen American News)
• Enbridge temporarily shut down its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac last week amid an investigation over whether a boat caused a spill from a nearby underwater transmission line. (MLive)

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UTILITIES: A campaign over whether to create a municipally owned utility in a northeastern Iowa town heats up ahead of a May 1 public vote. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• One year after emerging from bankruptcy, Peabody Energy officials are optimistic about coal exports bolstering the company once again. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• The long-term future is uncertain for a coal mine reclamation program in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A North Dakota utility considers using excess heat from a coal plant to power a nearby greenhouse. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Questions remain over how the bankruptcy of a FirstEnergy subsidiary will affect operations and customers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR:
• An eastern Indiana county is selected for a planned 200 megawatt solar project. (Muncie Star Press)
• Groups in a northern Minnesota community are developing a community solar project. (Bemidji Pioneer)
• A Purdue University researcher is developing solar energy structures that allow sunlight to pass through to crops underneath. (Forbes)

BIOFUELS:
• President Trump meets with cabinet members today to discuss potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Renewable-fuel groups warn that any restrictions on biofuel production “would be viewed as a declaration of war on rural America.” (Associated Press)

WIND: Xcel Energy acquires a 150 megawatt wind project in South Dakota. (North American Windpower)

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OIL AND GAS: A legal dispute continues over the construction of a pair of large natural gas plants in Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio columnist recounts state lawmakers who in 2004 supported a bill to block local control over oil and gas drilling. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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