Midwest Energy News

North Dakota launches program to resolve wind energy disputes

NUCLEAR: Advocates clear a legal hurdle in their effort to ensure FirstEnergy’s nuclear decommissioning costs aren’t shifted to taxpayers. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• North Dakota launches a program meant to resolve disputes between landowners and wind developers “in a timely manner.” (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, plans to take down a dysfunctional on-site wind turbine next year. (St. Cloud Times)
• Officials break ground on a 103.5 MW wind project in western Iowa. (Audubon County Advocate Journal)

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PIPELINES:
• The federal government’s top pipeline regulator says Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac has a low risk of failure. (Detroit News)
• Tribal members from around the Great Lakes, many of whom were at Standing Rock, plan to camp at a site in northern Michigan until Line 5 is shut down. (Michigan Radio)

COAL:
• The top federal air pollution official faces backlash from some EPA employees over potentially undermining enforcement against a DTE Energy coal plant in Michigan. (New York Times)
• Experts say the Trump administration’s plan to weaken Obama-era climate rules will do little to help coal from being undercut in energy markets. (Axios)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The Michigan attorney general’s office says a trash incinerator in Detroit is not doing enough to control odors from the facility. (Metro Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Automotive suppliers in western Michigan see greater demand for electric vehicle components from major automakers. (MiBiz)

RENEWABLES: The head of American Electric Power says after canceling a major wind project, the company will focus on smaller-scale renewables. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: A city council in northern Illinois delays a vote on whether to install solar at landfill and wastewater facilities. (WREX)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago is one year into a four-year modernization effort that is expected to cut its streetlight electricity costs in half. (CBS Chicago)

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POLITICS: A Michigan lawmaker decries the spending by utility-backed front groups in this month’s primary election. (Detroit News)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light says the state’s utilities are undermining ratepayers’ ability to invest in renewables and energy efficiency. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Wind projects have no measurable impact on nearby property values, according to the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska. (Grand Island Independent)
• Clean energy advocates say Wisconsin utilities Alliant and WEC are taking too long to close coal plants. (Racine County Eye)

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