Midwest Energy News

Scientists urge Minnesota’s governor to back Line 3 lawsuit

SOLAR: Some members of the Milwaukee city council refuse to work with We Energies on a pilot solar project as the utility opposes the city’s partnership with a third-party developer. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Community solar developer SunShare surpasses a 100 MW milestone, due largely to projects in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• County officials in eastern Illinois approve plans for a 150 MW solar project. (Champaign News-Gazette)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Missouri regulators skeptical of an Ameren Missouri electric vehicle proposal accuse the utility of relying on faith that “if you build it, they will come.” (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• A group of scientists urge Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to back a lawsuit seeking to overturn state regulators’ approval of the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Associated Press)
• The government shutdown delays a tribal lawsuit against the Dakota Access pipeline, as well as analysis that would support the Keystone XL project. (E&E News, subscription)
• Michigan issues preliminary permits for Enbridge to begin geological studies in the Straits of Mackinac under a plan to tunnel Line 5. (Detroit News)
• A group of activists remain camped out in northern Michigan calling for the shutdown of Line 5. (Michigan Radio)

WIND: A majority of residents at a public hearing speak in favor of a 600 MW wind project planned in southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri. (Joplin Globe)

GRID: Students and faculty at the University of Minnesota seek to build grid resilience in Puerto Rico following a 2017 hurricane. (Minnesota Daily)

UTILITIES: Michigan environmental groups oppose DTE Energy’s latest rate increase request that would support coal plant investments while also stifling rooftop solar customers. (Michigan Radio)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota judge upholds a permit allowing for construction of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Experts testifying at a Minnesota House committee discuss the need for policy support to boost renewable energy and electric vehicles. (Finance & Commerce)

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COAL: A local task force begins a series of public meetings to plan for the closure of a northwestern Indiana coal plant in 2023. (Rensselaer Republican)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin frac sand producer reopens a mine while idling another due to increased demand from northeastern oil and gas producers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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