Midwest Energy News

Ship suspected of damaging Line 5 pipeline in Straits of Mackinac

POLICY: Utilities would be required to first consider renewable energy whenever replacing fossil fuel generation under legislation proposed by a prominent Republican Minnesota legislator. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• The same ship that struck an underwater transmission cable in the Straits of Mackinac is suspected of also damaging the Line 5 pipeline. (MLive)
• Gov. Rick Snyder supports digging a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline if it doesn’t cause environmental damage. See here for background on the tunneling option. (Detroit News, Midwest Energy News)

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EMISSIONS: Clean energy groups are split on policies in the federal budget that incentivize carbon capture and storage. (Yale Environment 360)

COAL:
• We Energies closed a Wisconsin coal plant, but customers for the next 20 months will pay millions in costs, depreciation, and shareholder profit as if it were still running. (E&E News, subscription)
• An Indiana environmental group urges residents near coal ash storage sites to have private water wells tested for contaminants. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

UTILITIES: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Energy and Natural Resources Committee is unlikely to weigh in on FirstEnergy’s request for support for its struggling nuclear and coal plants. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

SOLAR:
• Utility customers in Illinois are now eligible to receive lump-sum incentives when installing solar panels. (Illinois Times)
• The Detroit Zoo installs flower-shaped solar panels to offset its electricity costs. (MLive)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: Minnesota officials release a plan to reduce transportation emissions using Volkswagen settlement funds. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates are encouraged by a variety of organizations in northeastern Ohio supporting clean energy. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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GRID: States in grid operator MISO’s territory discuss ways distributed generation resources can be integrated into wholesale and retail markets. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy groups say grid operator PJM’s efforts to ensure reliability would unnecessarily increase rates. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An Illinois advocate pushes to improve energy equity in Illinois. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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