Midwest Energy News is one of five regional services published by the Energy News Network. Today’s edition was compiled by Andy Balaskovitz.
PIPELINES: Minnesota authorities release details about two additional instances in which Enbridge crews working in the Line 3 replacement pipeline breached aquifers, spilling millions of gallons of groundwater. (MPR News)
• The Illinois attorney general files suit against the owner of an oil pipeline that recently spilled 160,000 gallons of crude oil, claiming the incident violated the state’s Environmental Protection Act. (KSDK)
• Business interests take opposing sides over whether a Line 5 lawsuit should be in federal or state court as top Michigan officials seek to shut down the pipeline. (MLive)
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• Iowa utility regulators accept applications for two proposed solar projects at the state’s only nuclear plant, which was recently decommissioned. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• The developer of a 150 MW solar project in northwestern Indiana notes potential environmental, economic and agricultural benefits of the plan during a public hearing. (South Bend Tribune)
• A former eastern Illinois landfill has been repurposed into a community solar project for low- and moderate-income subscribers. (Yale Climate Connections)
EFFICIENCY: Consumers Energy will expand energy efficiency programs for low-income customers in its Michigan service territory as part of a recent rate case settlement agreement with environmental groups. (Utility Dive)
• The city of Sioux Falls puts its sustainability and climate action plan on hold to gather more input after city council members and home builders raised concerns about increasing construction costs amid inflation. (Pigeon605)
• The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposes a new rule requiring public companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and inform investors about climate change risks. (Inside Climate News)
• Construction is completed on a 298 MW Nebraska wind project that is under contract to supply power to major retailers and food companies. (Renewables Now)
• A GOP-backed Kansas bill that would have ended a property tax exemption for renewable energy facilities failed to make it out of committee last week. (Kansas Reflector)
BIOENERGY: A University of Wisconsin campus is developing a facility that turns food waste into heat energy in an attempt to cut back on natural gas use. (WFRV)
GRID: AES Indiana works on a 36-month tree-trimming cycle to maintain more than 700 miles of electric distribution lines in the Indianapolis area. (Indianapolis Star)