Midwest Energy News

Ohio approves construction for first Great Lakes offshore wind project

WIND: Ohio officials grant conditional approval for the first offshore wind project in the Great Lakes, requiring a more detailed bird- and bat-monitoring plan. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

NATURAL GAS: A Minnesota judge recommends denying a 525 to 550 MW natural gas plant because Minnesota Power has not shown it to be in the public interest. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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PIPELINES:
• In new reports to the state of Michigan, Enbridge says rocks and gravel could protect the Line 5 pipeline from achor strikes. (Detroit News)
• Enbridge also discloses that Line 5 crosses Michigan waterways in nearly 400 locations, some of which are particularly sensitive. (Associated Press)
• Observers are surprised by the support for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which typically avoids debate over new pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Midwest utilities and advocates debate the role of clean energy standards as market forces drive more wind and solar investment. (E&E News)

GRID:
• A second lawsuit is filed against an Upper Peninsula company alleging an anchor strike that severed transmission cables in the Straits of Mackinac was due to “malfunction, negligence, inexperience or lack of supervision.” (MLive)
• An Indiana utility completes a 100-mile transmission line that’s meant to boost reliability and increase access to wind and solar generation. (Goshen News)
• The Illinois Commerce Commission agrees to a court order mandating a fully open public process to determine the future of the state’s electric grid. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Nebraska officials investigate potential runoff and air emissions from a waste-to-energy plant that is already addressing previous issues. (Sioux City Journal)

UTILITIES:
• Illinois regulators call on ComEd to post on electric bills the utility’s comparable price to alternative suppliers. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Xcel Energy asks Wisconsin regulators to reduce electricity rates next year due to lower-than-expected natural gas prices. (La Crosse Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A North Dakota ethanol company will research the potential for using barley as a biofuel feedstock. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL AND GAS:
• Environmental groups file a complaint with North Dakota regulators seeking to stop construction of an oil refinery near a national park. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A tank that overflowed caused 460 barrels of brine and 80 barrels of oil to spill at a site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: A coalition of industry, government and military dignitaries sign a letter in support of a plan to bail out uneconomic U.S. nuclear plants. (Toledo Blade)

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EFFICIENCY: A northwestern Ohio city wants to spend $8.5 million on energy efficiency improvements in aging buildings over the next 15 years. (Fremont News Messenger)

COMMENTARY:
• The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board backs a new carbon fee and dividend plan that is meant to change consumer behavior but also rebate revenue back to citizens.
• An advocacy group highlights multiple Midwest utilities that have announced transitions to cleaner energy. (Wind on the Wires)

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