Midwest Energy News

North Dakota plans to challenge oil-by-rail safety rules

SOLAR: Consumer advocates raise awareness about potential scams as the Illinois community solar industry takes off. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Some Minnesota lawmakers oppose a state program that provides funding for schools to install solar projects. (MinnPost)
• Plans move forward for a 2 MW solar project at an airport northwest of Chicago. (Northwest Herald)

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COAL: Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri introduce bills to allow for the refinancing of aging coal plants. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• North Dakota intends to sue the state of Washington if its governor signs a bill requiring more safety measures for crude oil shipped by rail. (Associated Press)
• Companies developing natural gas pipelines including DTE Energy and Enbridge risk billions of dollars in stranded assets, according to an energy watchdog group. (Michigan Radio)
• Enbridge says construction on its Line 3 pipeline replacement is delayed until 2020 pending licensing and permit approvals. (Wadena Pioneer Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Officials ramp up clean transportation programs in Columbus, Ohio. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• A proposed 31-turbine wind project moves forward in western Michigan after a key approval by local officials. (MLive)
• An Iowa judge upholds a local decision approving plans for a 35-turbine wind project. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• An Iowa-based wind turbine manufacturer settles with state regulators following an investigation into workplace safety violations. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: It could take roughly two decades for ComEd customers to fully receive a refund from the utility’s tax savings under the Trump administration’s 2017 tax overhaul. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

RENEWABLES: A school district in Madison, Wisconsin, adopts a resolution to rely solely on renewable energy by 2040. (Madison Capital Times)

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ADVOCACY: A former state director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign is appointed as Michigan’s environmental justice public advocate. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Filings with the Federal Communications Commission show advertising links between MidAmerican Energy and a group advocating to dismantle net metering in Iowa, according to a utility watchdog group. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Michigan is among states attempting to solve the electric vehicle infrastructure gap through utility programs, says a clean energy analyst. (Forbes)

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