Line 5 pipeline tunnel plan divides Michigan Democrats, labor groups

PIPELINES: Labor groups that support building a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac are withholding political contributions from Michigan Democrats, causing division leading up to the 2020 election. (Detroit News)

ALSO: Michigan’s attorney general weighs in on the issue, saying Democrats shouldn’t be punished by labor groups for opposing the tunnel plan. (Detroit News)

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WIND:
• Northwestern Ohio residents urge state lawmakers to back legislation allowing for a local referendum on future wind projects. (Toledo Blade)
• Construction begins on a 299 MW wind project in northwestern North Dakota.

Keystone pipeline spill impacts 10 times more land than estimated

PIPELINES:
• The Keystone pipeline spill has affected nearly 10 times more land in eastern North Dakota than originally estimated. (The Hill)
• U.S. House Democrats call on the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether the Keystone pipeline’s owner was meeting safety requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The Ohio Supreme Court could hear two cases that decide the fate of subsidies approved by lawmakers for nuclear plants. (Ohio Public Radio)

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GRID: A group representing independent power producers wants grid operator PJM to move swiftly on its annual capacity auction as it develops new rules for distributed energy resources.

Lack of rural EV charging remains a challenge in Minnesota

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As EV ownership increases in Minnesota, drivers say a lack of charging stations in rural areas remains a challenge. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• Ford unveils an electric SUV model that will have a range of at least 300 miles. (Detroit News)
• General Motors scraps plans to unveil a new electric vehicle model at the Consumer Electronics Show following delays from the six-week UAW strike. (CNET)

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SOLAR:
• A new Michigan law clarifies tax exemptions for small-scale solar installations while two large-scale projects are expected to add more than 350 MW of solar capacity in the coming months.

Wisconsin regulators rule against subsidies for home EV charging stations

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators rule that WEC Energy Group utilities can’t use ratepayer funds to subsidize home EV charging stations. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL: Groups involved in a settlement agreement over the closing of an Illinois coal plant say it could be a model for helping communities transition from plant closures. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• The Omaha Public Power District board approves plans for a 600 MW solar project, which would be the largest in Nebraska.

Settlement reached to close Illinois coal plant by 2022

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota could achieve net-zero transportation emissions by 2050 almost entirely through more electric and biofuel-powered vehicles, according to a state report. (Energy News Network)

COAL: A federal judge approves a settlement agreement that will close a central Illinois coal plant by 2022 and provide $8.6 million for workforce development and public health projects. (Peoria Journal Star)

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PIPELINES:
• Dakota Access pipeline officials say doubling the capacity of the line won’t increase the risk of a spill, a claim opponents have dismissed.