Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators deny Xcel Energy gas plant purchase

OIL & GAS: Minnesota regulators reject Xcel Energy’s plan to purchase a Mankato natural gas power plant, saying it isn’t in the public’s interest. (MPR News)

ALSO:
• Ohio firefighters continue to be kept in the dark about potentially hazardous chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. (Energy News Network)
• A proposed “slurry well” project in North Dakota would offer a new option for disposing of oilfield waste, including radioactive material. (Bismarck Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota regulators deny a water quality permit for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project, but the company is expected to reapply. (MPR News)
• Opponents of the Line 3 project rally in Duluth, Minnesota, urging state officials to stop the proposed pipeline from being built. (Duluth News Tribune)

COAL ASH: A new Illinois law regulating coal ash storage and cleanup will face its first test with two of the state’s most notorious storage sites. (Energy News Network)

COAL: The conversion of a Duluth, Minnesota, steam plant from coal to a new wood-based biofuel is being slowed by regulatory delays. (Duluth News Tribune)  

SOLAR: A Minnesota county northwest of the Twin Cities considers requiring pollinator-friendly vegetation at all new solar farms. (MPR News)

WIND:
• A northwest Missouri county hires an engineering firm to help it draft a wind energy ordinance modeled after local rules in Michigan. (KMA)
• A wind farm near Glen Ullin, North Dakota, is in the final construction phase and expected to start producing energy in early October. (KFYR-TV)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A proposed electric vehicle battery plant at a shuttered General Motors factory won’t come close to replacing the jobs lost at the site. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: A Chicago alderman proposes a cap on ride-hailing vehicles and a “congestion fee” to help solve traffic and budget problems. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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ACTIVISM: University of Iowa activists demand the school permanently close a coal-fired power plant and commit to reaching zero emissions. (The Daily Iowan)  

COMMENTARY:
• The president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association says the U.S. EPA needs to stop issuing biofuel wavers to refiners that hurt farmers. (MPR News)
• The public will literally breathe a bit easier with the shutdown of the Edwards coal plant south of Peoria, Illinois, a columnist writes. (Canton Daily Ledger)

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