Midwest Energy News

Potential Line 3 spill ‘unlikely’ to impact Lake Superior, agency says

CLEAN ENERGY: A partnership with ComEd helps Blacks in Green create a new community space that promotes access to clean energy in a South Side Chicago neighborhood. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: An updated environmental review of the Line 3 pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota finds it “unlikely” that a potential oil spill would impact Lake Superior. (MPR News)

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UTILITIES:
• Charitable giving from some of the nation’s largest utilities has in numerous cases been followed by recipients backing the companies’ policy goals, a new report finds. (Energy News Network)
• The report includes DTE Energy, whose charitable arm has funded several local organizations supportive of the company’s policy positions, including previous efforts to dismantle net metering. (Detroit Metro Times, Energy News Network archives)
• A state lawmaker raises transparency concerns surrounding a plan to privatize the University of Iowa’s electric and water systems. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Indiana utility Vectren plans to soon release the lowest cost mix of generation sources as part of its long-term energy plan. (Evansville Courier & Press)

SOLAR:
ComEd sees a significant increase this year in customers seeking to interconnect solar installations. (Chicago Tribune)
• A northern Michigan city plans to install solar panels on its city hall as a test of whether it could be suitable for other public buildings. (Petoskey News-Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors is making a $40 million loan available to an electric vehicle startup planning to buy the automaker’s shuttered plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Detroit Free Press)
• Investment in electric vehicles, batteries and research now makes the area around the Lordstown plant the “future belt” rather than rust belt, says one Ohio lawmaker. (Ohio Capital Journal)

COAL: Indianapolis Power & Light plans to retire two of four units at a southwestern Indiana coal plant while seeking input to replace the capacity. (Inside Indiana Business)

CLIMATE: Two dozen states pledging to uphold emission-reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement are projected to meet their 2025 goals, but they won’t be enough to meet nationwide targets. (The Atlantic)

MICHIGAN: A clean energy jobs report ranks Michigan among the top Midwestern states for clean energy jobs, though additional policies to support the industry have been opposed by major utilities. (MiBiz)

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OIL & GAS: More than 20,000 gallons of oil leak from a tank after an equipment failure in western North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The owner of a group of energy service companies in Illinois says the state is poised to be a national leader in clean energy jobs. (Daily Herald)

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