Midwest Energy News

Report: Great Lakes oil spill could affect 400 miles of shoreline

PIPELINES: A state-commissioned report shows a worst-case-scenario oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could cause at least $2 billion in damage and affect more than 400 miles of shoreland. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Crews are moving forward with construction on the Nexus gas pipeline in northeastern Ohio. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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SOLAR:
• DTE Energy is Michigan’s first utility to propose a replacement for net metering, though advocates are strongly opposed. (Energy News Network)
• Indiana regulators reject a utility proposal to increase fixed fees, which advocates called a rare win for distributed solar in the state. (pv Magazine)
• Illinois State University’s solar car team didn’t qualify for the American Solar Challenge road race but participated by helping other teams. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

WIND:
• The wind energy industry picks up in Michigan despite local opposition to projects. (Michigan Radio)
• The National Audubon Society gives conditional backing to a Lake Erie offshore wind project as groups debate its pros and cons. (ReNews, WKYC)

COAL:
• A new study says more than 10 percent of U.S. coal miners with 25 or more years of experience have black lung disease. (Reuters)
• The Trump administration’s effort to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants could cost $17.2 billion per year, according to a new analysis. (Washington Examiner)
• Indiana environmental groups push back against the U.S. EPA’s plan to ease coal ash regulations. (News Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A central Illinois ethanol producer remains optimistic despite industry uncertainty caused by the Trump administration. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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CARBON: The Nebraska Public Power District will take part in the second phase of federal carbon storage study. (McCook Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Advocates point to a new study showing renewable energy would boost Ohio’s economy. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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