Midwest Energy News

South Dakota Supreme Court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL

PIPELINES: The South Dakota Supreme Court dismisses an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

TECHNOLOGY: An Illinois nonprofit launches a mobile notification system that allows customers without smartphones to access programs that manage home energy use. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Maryland is suing the U.S. EPA over emissions from power plants in upwind states, including Indiana and Ohio. (Associated Press)
• Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette faces criticism over his record of challenging Obama administration policies on air emissions from power plants. (Bridge Magazine)

• Officials in a western Indiana county will take more time to consider wind turbine regulations. (Kokomo Perspective)
• A conservative think tank is behind an advertising campaign attacking wind energy in Minnesota. (City Pages)

BIOFUELS: Conservative Midwest politicians are increasingly turning on EPA chief Scott Pruitt for weakening ethanol mandates; meanwhile, farmers and ethanol producers in South Dakota say he is harming the industry by backing oil and gas companies. (Politico, Associated Press)

• One of the first solar installations under Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act is completed. (WSIL)
• Planning officials in an eastern Illinois city recommend the approval of a 20-acre solar project. (Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
• Minnesota lawmakers and state officials are taking action to protect consumers from unscrupulous solar contractors. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Construction begins this month on a 12.6 megawatt solar project in Kansas. (Pratt Tribune)

COAL: Local officials in Michigan are concerned about the economic impacts of upcoming coal plant closures. (WNEM)

OIL AND GAS: An environmental group is suing the developer of a proposed refinery near a national park in North Dakota, claiming a zoning permit has expired. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: Advocates of northern Wisconsin’s winter tourism industry say climate change action is needed to protect their livelihood. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

• The Toledo Blade editorial board says there are “good arguments” for saving uneconomic coal and nuclear plants to support energy diversification and the communities that depend on them.
• A Forbes writer says Enbridge’s pipeline replacement projects in Minnesota and Michigan should be approved in order to “enhance our place as the world’s most important oil and gas producer.”

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