Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators prepare for Line 3 pipeline review

Enbridge begins installing 54 underwater steel supports on a section of the Line 5 pipeline in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• Minnesota regulators next week will consider an environmental impact statement for the Line 3 pipeline and consider next steps. (Forum News Service)

EMISSIONS: A Fiat Chrysler manager in Detroit who led a team of engineers involved in the company’s diesel emissions scandal is indicted by a grand jury. (Detroit Free Press)

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UTILITIES: Some climate analysts are skeptical about major utilities’ carbon-reduction goals because the same companies plan to keep large coal plants online for decades and transition to natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A community organizer who played a key role in helping close two Chicago-area coal plants is the keynote speaker at a sustainability conference at the University of Illinois. (Champaign News-Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The anticipated shift to electric vehicles is causing uncertainty among automotive suppliers that manufacture components for internal combustion engines. (E&E News, subscription)

POWER PLANTS: Construction is delayed on a $400 million natural gas plant in southwestern Michigan due to environmental studies. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Local officials approve plans to expand a central Indiana solar project by 350 acres. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• The Minnesota Department of Transportation is investigating whether roadside noise barriers and snow fencing could be used for solar installations. (Traffic Technology Today)
• A central Illinois school district delays a final decision to install solar panels that could offset about 90% of a middle school’s energy use. (Platt County Journal-Republican)

CLEAN ENERGY: An Illinois lawmaker hosts a town hall on the need to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which aims for 100% renewable energy by 2050. (Kane County Chronicle)

STORAGE: Wisconsin-based Generac plans to use a multi-million-dollar infomercial campaign to build interest in its residential solar-plus-storage systems. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: A nature center in Iowa is the only building in the state to receive a high-level certification for energy efficiency and renewable energy components. (Radio Iowa)

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NUCLEAR: The chairperson of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission says at an event that nuclear will likely be needed in order to hit zero-carbon emission targets. (Badger Herald)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA granted some refineries full waivers from biofuels regulation despite Energy Department advice that only partial waivers were necessary, according to a memo. (Reuters)

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