Midwest Energy News

Trump issues permit to kickstart Keystone XL pipeline

CYBERSECURITY: Illinois utility regulators play a bigger role in overseeing cybersecurity as smart grid features become more widespread. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• President Trump issues a presidential permit meant to speed up the development of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A federal judge in Michigan says federal regulators approved an inadequate spill response plan for the Line 5 pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL:
• A coal plant permanently closes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is replaced by two natural gas plants. (WLUC)
• Minnesota nonprofit utility District Energy retires the last of its coal generation two years ahead of schedule. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A Seattle-based tech startup makes it easier for corporations across the U.S. to procure renewable energy from developers. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota-based retailer Target pushes its suppliers to reduce carbon emissions as the company does the same. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND:
• An eastern Michigan county adopts new zoning regulations with stricter setback distances for wind turbines. (MLive)
• A wind developer discusses the construction progress of a 300 MW project in Kansas. (Abilene Reflector Chronicle)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota oil regulators oppose legislation in Washington state that sets more restrictions on Bakken crude oil shipped by rail. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Residents living near an oil refinery that exploded in Superior, Wisconsin last year are concerned whether the site will continue to be used for storing hydrofluoric acid. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

SOLAR: At least one Republican lawmaker from Iowa wants more time to study the costs and benefits of utility customers with solar. (KNIA)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A library in central Ohio will install four electric vehicle charging stations this week with a grant from AEP Ohio. (WHIZ)

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GRID: AEP Ohio tells state regulators the company missed reliability standards for the number and average length of outages per customer. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind and solar development has surged in Midwest states with supportive policies: “Unfortunately, though, Ohio is not one of those states,” clean energy advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• For the 30 years it was in operation, a Detroit waste incinerator was problematic for residents and local politicians, a columnist says. (Detroit Free Press)
• An Ohio conservative group says the state should pursue policies to support to clean energy for the economic benefits and job creation. (Canton Repository)
• The head of an Iowa-based renewable energy company says MidAmerican Energy’s support for a bill to add fees for solar customers is a “blatant attempt to destroy Iowa’s solar industry.” (Sioux City Journal)

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