Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators approve environmental review of Line 3 pipeline expansion

SOLAR: A proposed order would block customers of cooperative and municipally owned utilities in downstate Illinois from claiming state solar incentives. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• The University of Dayton plans a 1.26 -megawatt solar project on campus. (Dayton Business Journal)
• Plans for a solar project continue to stall at a 400-acre contaminated site in East St. Louis, Illinois. (Belleville News Democrat)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators approve an environmental review of a planned pipeline replacement and expansion project, setting the stage for a final decision in June. (Associated Press)

VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT: Minnesota regulators propose to split the state’s $47 million share of the Volkswagen settlement between urban and rural areas based on where vehicles were registered. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla’s electric semi-truck prototype is traveling the Midwest and attracting the attention of supporters and critics. (Electrek)

GRID: The developer of the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project says “obviously we’re disappointed” by a court ruling in Illinois this week that could jeopardize the project. (Greentech Media)

WIND: A planned 120 turbine wind project moves forward in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

OIL AND GAS:
• The oil and gas drilling boom is creating higher demand for sand mining in Wisconsin. (WOSU)
• A major natural gas company CEO says pipelines are helping bring low-cost natural gas to Missouri ratepayers. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Environmental groups are suing the U.S. EPA in an effort to disclose communications with the Chicago-based Heartland Institute, which has led a years-long campaign to discredit climate science. (InsideClimate News)

COAL: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with an Indiana coal executive and Trump donor last year who sought to soften a pollution rule. (Politico)

UTILITIES:
• Federal regulators give utilities two months to disclose how they plan to lower rates as a result of federal tax changes. (E&E News, subscription)
• A legal dispute continues over the costs to ratepayers for keeping an aging coal plant open in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (RTO Insider)

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NUCLEAR: The U.S. Coast Guard reminds boaters that security zones remain in place near a nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan. (St. Joseph Herald-Palladium)

COMMENTARY: Clean-energy advocates say Indiana needs a forward-looking energy plan. (Goshen News)

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