Midwest Energy News

Transmission congestion blocking North Dakota wind projects

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota will spend nearly $1.7 million of Volkswagen settlement funds to expand electric vehicle charging options along major highways. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Congestion on transmission lines is blocking potential wind projects in North Dakota, developers say. (Bismarck Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• A tribe in northern Wisconsin still wants the Line 5 pipeline off of its land despite a $24 million offer from Enbridge to settle a lawsuit. (Michigan Radio)
• Tribal activists point to increased instances of sexual violence attributed to itinerant oil boom workers as part of their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Revelator)

UTILITIES:
• Exelon and its Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison receive a second federal subpoena as officials investigate the company’s lobbying activities in Illinois. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• The University of Iowa says privatizing its utility system may be the first step in a broader privatization shift for the university as state funding declines. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A plan by Democratic presidential hopefuls and environmental groups that would forgive debt held by rural electric cooperatives on coal investments faces practical and political hurdles. (S&P Global)

POWER PLANTS: A group of Minnesota high school and college students organize a protest against a planned natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin. (FOX21)

SOLAR: An Illinois environmental group installs solar panels at its Springfield office that are expected to offset 40% of the building’s energy use. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

TRANSPORTATION: A recent report touting the benefits of electrified transit options riles diesel supporters, who called the report “disingenuous” for not accounting for new technology to control emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Demolition begins on a former coal plant in southern Illinois that will be remediated and redeveloped. (Alton Telegraph)

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GRID: FirstEnergy plans to invest in underground power cables in a Cleveland-area suburb to improve grid reliability. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: Michigan’s top environmental regulator says a pilot program that replaces diesel-powered school buses with electric models will improve air quality for students. (Bridge Magazine)

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