Midwest Energy News

Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments in Grain Belt Express case

SOLAR: Solar advocates cheer an Illinois Commerce Commission order laying out how the state will meet its ambitious goals for exponentially increasing solar capacity under the Future Energy Jobs Act. (Midwest Energy News)

MORE:
• An Illinois solar developer faces questions and skepticism from residents about a planned solar farm east of Rockford. (Rockford Register Star)
• Despite its nation-leading community solar program, Minnesota placed 14th on a recent community power scorecard. (Midwest Energy News)

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TRANSMISSION:
• The Missouri Supreme Court hears arguments in a fight over the proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An unknown amount of coolant oil leaks from a transmission cable carrying electricity underwater across Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

UTILITIES:
• An Ohio bankruptcy judge authorizes FirstEnergy’s coal and nuclear power plant divisions to continue paying employees and contractors; the company says it faces about 13,500 creditors. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The company’s plea for the Trump administration to use emergency powers to keep several of its power plants open is a test of how serious the president is about saving coal and nuclear. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS:
• Under North Dakota’s newly adopted higher threshold for reporting oil spills, 80 percent of spills in a recent five-year period would have gone unreported, an analysis shows. (Fargo Forum)
• North Dakota authorities plug an oilfield waste disposal well west of Dickinson following a lengthy federal investigation. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Caledonia, Michigan residents complain of a natural gas smell that Consumers Energy says was caused by excess odor agent in gas lines. (MLive)

PIPELINES:
• An Iowa bill calling for large fines and long prison sentences for criminal sabotage of pipelines and other infrastructure passes in the Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk. (Des Moines Register)
• An attorney argues Earth First is a social movement similar to Black Lives Matter and can’t be sued for opposing the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• DTE Energy signs leases on 22,000 acres of land for a proposed wind farm in Michigan’s Branch County. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)
• A western Ohio wind turbine company starts a scholarship program to support STEM students. (WTOL)
• A Kansas distillery and ingredients supplier commits to sourcing all of its electricity from wind power. (St. Joseph News-Press)

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HYDRO: A hydroelectric dam at Iowa’s Lake Red Rock is scheduled for completion in August 2019, a year later than originally projected. (Knoxville Journal Express)

COMMENTARY: North Dakota has a flaring problem that even industry recognizes, writes a regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund.

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