Midwest Energy News

Missouri lawmakers revive plans to block Grain Belt Express project

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: As the NAACP cautions local chapters against utility and fossil fuel influence, the Indiana chapter has for years led a vibrant energy justice movement. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Missouri lawmakers revive efforts to block the Grain Belt Express transmission project despite prior approval from courts and regulators. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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UTILITIES: Ohio consumer advocates say a utility’s grid modernization charge that was deemed unlawful by state regulators is being replaced with another improper subsidy. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Tribal leaders hope a large-scale solar project planned on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota can be a model for similar projects across the country. (Native News Online)

OIL & GAS: A trio of Democratic senators is pressuring Marathon Petroleum’s largest shareholders to warn the Ohio-based company to stop lobbying against climate action. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: Michigan officials demand extensive records about the Line 5 pipeline as the state continues a months-long review of the company’s compliance with an easement. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation supports statewide regulations for siting large-scale wind and solar projects. (Des Moines Register)

POLICY: Wind energy advocates join utilities and gas and coal mining groups to support streamlining federal environmental regulations, putting them at odds with environmental groups. (Utility Dive, E&E News, subscription)

COAL: A closer look at the way utilities run coal plants could be a rare win for climate hawks that promises significant savings while reducing emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Two developers pursue large-scale wind projects in western Nebraska that would total hundreds of megawatts of capacity. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)

NUCLEAR: Two Republican lawmakers from Michigan introduce a resolution to prevent Canada from permitting a nuclear waste storage site near Lake Huron. (Brown City Banner)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A judge orders a Nebraska waste-to-energy plant to pay $32,000 for nonpayment of waste services to a landfill. (Sioux City Journal)

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CLIMATE: University of Michigan climate activists say the university should be doing more to divest from fossil fuels. (Michigan Daily)

COMMENTARY: A Detroit-based writer says DTE Energy is using its influence to gain support from local grassroots groups on policies that undercut environmental justice. (Deadline Detroit)

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