Midwest Energy News

Ohio clean energy industry brings economic, national security benefits

RENEWABLES: Ohio’s manufacturing capacity for renewable energy is an economic strength, which some argue is good for national security. (WOSU)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota law enforcement officials are preparing for potential protests along the Line 3 replacement project, seeking guidance from counterparts in North Dakota involved with the Dakota Access pipeline. (Wall Street Journal)
• Enbridge gives landowners more time to decide whether to have the old Line 3 pipeline removed from their property. (Duluth News Tribune)
• An Ohio farm sues the developer of the Nexus gas pipeline for allegedly causing erosion that damaged crops. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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SOLAR:
• A new Ikea store in Wisconsin will have rooftop solar panels that generate up to 50 percent of the building’s power consumption. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• DTE Energy seeks permission to increase fixed charges on residential customers, including a new per-kilowatt charge for new solar installations. (pv Magazine)
• A township in northern Michigan approves regulations for commercial solar projects. (WWTV)

OIL AND GAS:
• Cleanup is underway after 975 barrels of brine and 25 barrels of oil were released at a North Dakota drilling site. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota officials consider tighter regulations on recreational vehicle campgrounds that house oil field workers following the death of an infant at one of the camps. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: An Indiana judge voids a city’s ban on coal mining within three miles of the city limits but upholds a ban on blasting within 1,000 feet of city utilities. (Evansville Courier & Press)

GRID: The Michigan Court of Appeals says state utility regulators overstepped their authority by requiring alternative energy suppliers to secure in-state generating capacity for reliability purposes. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Some residents in a southern Michigan county are stepping up their opposition to wind development under consideration by DTE Energy. (WTVB)

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CLIMATE: House Republicans who support action on climate change could face a test this week when voting on a resolution that calls a carbon tax “detrimental” to the economy. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray attacks a recent Columbus Dispatch editorial opposing nuclear and coal plant bailouts, calling it “absurd” and an “embarrassment.” (Columbus Dispatch)

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