Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin lawmakers advance pipeline protest bill

ACTIVISM: A Wisconsin Senate committee advances a bill making it a felony to trespass on land associated with oil or gas companies and pipelines. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• President Trump’s close ties to Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray couldn’t save the company from bankruptcy. (E&E News, subscription)
• Murray Energy’s bankruptcy proceedings could jeopardize a pension fund for about 86,000 retired miners. (Huffington Post)

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WIND:
• Iowa State University researchers seek solutions to prevent ice buildup on wind turbine blades. (Energy News Network)
• The U.S. military wants states including Nebraska and North Dakota to consider new rules for wind turbines near nuclear missile arsenals. (Associated Press)
• Local landowner opposition to wind projects is hindering a Michigan municipal utility’s ability to contract for wind power. (Lansing State Journal, subscription)
• Shipments of wind turbine components helps set tonnage records at the port in Duluth, Minnesota. (Forum News Service)

POWER PLANTS: The dispute over a proposed natural gas plant in northern Wisconsin is “emblematic” of concerns nationwide about the shift to natural gas. (MPR News)

GRID: Building a coast-to-coast transmission “super-grid” would cost about $80 billion but deliver more than twice that in economic gains, according to an Iowa State University researcher leading a federal study. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: Keystone XL pipeline opponents say the Trump administration is underestimating the project’s risk of spills into waterways. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Twenty sites in Cleveland could be suitable for solar power based on a study of city-owned properties. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BIOFUELS:
• A northwestern Iowa ethanol plant idled since last month resumes production due to demand from California. (Radio Iowa)
• A congressional hearing over federal biofuel waivers “aired out the grievances of two key political constituencies heading into next year’s election.” (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota continues to outpace Wisconsin on clean energy, according to a report by the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (Shepherd Express)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota State University’s carbon emissions decreased nearly 16% over the past seven years. (KEYC)

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OVERSIGHT: Michigan’s attorney general joins 11 others in calling on federal regulators to “advance, not impede” state clean energy policies. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois lawmakers should pass clean energy legislation despite a corruption probe surrounding ComEd and Exelon, an editorial board says. (Chicago Sun Times)
• A Wisconsin columnist says state lawmakers should consider stronger incentives to encourage residents to install their own solar systems. (Madison Capital Times)

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