Daily Digest

Michigan governor ‘greatly concerned’ by latest Mackinac pipeline issues

MICROGRID: Ameren and a Chicago-based engineering firm successfully tested the islanding capabilities of an Illinois microgrid for 24 hours using only solar, wind and battery storage. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan agencies are calling on Enbridge to make immediate repairs to its Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after sections were discovered to have protective coating missing, a development that has Gov. Rick Snyder “greatly concerned.” (Detroit News)
• Enbridge staff and emergency responders practice pipeline spill training on a river separating North Dakota and Minnesota. (Forum News Service)
• A hole discovered in a pipeline in North Dakota spills 500 barrels of saltwater byproduct, though the contamination was contained to a well site. (Bismarck Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: A federal grant will help increase the number of compressed natural gas fueling stations along the interstate in western Kansas, an area experts say is lacking particularly for the trucking industry. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID:
• Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power complete a 70-mile transmission line in South Dakota that’s the last piece of the CapX2020 grid expansion project in the upper Midwest. (Associated Press)
• Developers of the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project have asked Missouri regulators for a rehearing after being denied permits earlier this month. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Exelon begins a $20 million construction project at its Quad-Cities Generating Station to modernize the plant and add new storage facilities for spent fuel. (Quad-City Times)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota school district will install solar panels that expect to save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the project. (Marshall Independent)
• A redevelopment project announced for Midtown Detroit will include “ecohomes” that will include rooftop solar and solar thermal for water heating. (Detroit News)

OIL AND GAS:
• In order to ensure adequate fuel supplies for gas plants, federal regulators approve a pilot program allowing grid operator MISO to share information on power plants’ gas use with pipeline operators. (RTO Insider)
• A company drops a lawsuit it brought against the developer of a planned natural gas plant in Ohio following a property dispute. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• While gasoline prices are increasing in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Iowa officials are unsure what it will mean for the state’s propane supply. (Radio Iowa)
• Refinery outages in the Gulf Coast region have not yet affected North Dakota’s oil industry. (Minot Daily News)

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WIND: A public hearing is rescheduled for later this month on a planned 150-megawatt wind project in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A Vox writer highlights two new reports that suggest forecasts are still vastly underestimating the potential for wind and solar in the coming years.

CLARIFICATION: An item in Wednesday’s digest should have clarified that the head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was appointed deputy administrator of the regional U.S. EPA office overseeing Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa, where she will serve as acting administrator until one is appointed.

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