Midwest Energy News

Polar vortex strains Midwest grid, natural gas supply

POLAR VORTEX: The winter storm is putting the systems of grid operators PJM and MISO to the test while stoking debate over resilience with federal regulators. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• Consumers Energy asks customers to turn down their thermostats to conserve natural gas following a fire at a critical compressor station in southeast Michigan. (Detroit News)
• Xcel Energy in Minnesota also asks customers to reduce gas usage to prevent shortages following an interruption to about 150 customers. (WCCO)
• DTE Energy asks customers to reduce electric usage due to strains on the regional grid. (Detroit Free Press)
• Large automakers temporarily suspend operations at several Michigan plants to conserve energy. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Kansas utility customers with solar installations get creative about conserving energy to avoid demand charges. (Energy News Network)
• A 2 MW solar project is planned to be built on top of a former mining dump in northern Minnesota. (Mesabi Daily News)
• Communities of color disproportionately miss out on the benefits of rooftop solar, according to a new study. (CityLab)

PIPELINES:
• Mackinac Island, Michigan, files a lawsuit challenging permits issued last year by the state for additional anchor supports for Line 5. (MLive)
• Minnesota police have spent 18 months preparing for a major standoff with protesters over Enbridge’s plan to replace Line 3. (The Intercept)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Long-range electric vehicles are expected to surpass hybrids as the most economical choice for ride-hailing drivers by 2025, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)
• In the past three years, 14 states have enacted annual registration fees ranging from $50 to $200 on electric vehicles to make up for lost gasoline tax revenue. (Governing Magazine)

CLEAN TECH:
• Consumer advocates, utilities and technology developers are working on ways to make energy usage data from smart meters more useful to customers. (Energy News Network)
• Clean Energy Trust looks to fill a void by providing venture capital for clean energy innovation in the Midwest. (Medill News Service)

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WIND: An Ohio judge recuses himself from a case involving a wind developer and landowners after a staffer displayed a yard sign opposing the project. (Toledo Blade)

EMISSIONS: A proposed Missouri bill to do away with safety inspections for certain vehicles would not impact emissions-testing in St. Louis. (Columbia Missourian)

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