Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin advocates concerned over natural gas investments

COAL: Coal use increased in Wisconsin in 2017, though environmental groups say they are more concerned about the long-term effects of natural gas investments. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO:
• The limitations of America’s reliance on switching from coal to natural gas to lower emissions came into focus in 2018. (E&E News)
• An industry group pushes state lawmakers to provide funding for a carbon capture project in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he will be “actively engaged” in future decisions on whether to allow the Line 3 replacement project to proceed. (Associated Press)
• A South Dakota state senator says lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline developer to pay into a spill cleanup fund and impose regulations on temporary housing camps. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota regulators say the Dakota Access pipeline developer has complied with a settlement following allegations that it violated state rules during construction. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A potential EV charging network map and the approval of a utility EV pilot program are the latest steps in Michigan’s broader EV deployment plan. (E&E News, subscription)
• Cadillac unveils its first electric crossover SUV at the Detroit Auto Show. (CNET)
• Corporate investors from outside the auto industry increasingly invest in electric vehicles, including bankrolling startup companies in related sectors. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups anticipate additional coal ash cleanup plans from Indiana utilities. (Indianapolis Star)

WIND: Property tax revenue generated from a planned 300 MW wind project in central Illinois will largely benefit a local school district, a researcher says. (Jacksonville Journal Courier)

SOLAR:
• Some residents are concerned a planned 400-acre solar project will disrupt the landscape in eastern Michigan. (MLive)
• A northern Illinois community considers plans for a 15.5-acre solar project. (Northwest Herald)
• About half of the 4,000 acres of commercial solar projects installed in Minnesota in 2016 and 2017 include pollinator habitats. (Scientific American)

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OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota landowners donate $250,000 to raise awareness about the impacts of brine spills from oil production. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Federal safety regulators cite two contractors for failing to locate a gas main that exploded during work in a Madison, Wisconsin, suburb last year. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa pushes acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to expand summertime sales of ethanol. (Radio Iowa)

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