Daily Digest

Northeast Ohio landowners file suit to block Nexus gas pipeline

OIL AND GAS: More than 60 landowners in northeast Ohio are asking a federal court to block construction of the Nexus gas pipeline, saying the project misuses eminent domain rights and jeopardizes their safety. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A steam-generating plant in Cleveland has now fully transitioned from coal to run on natural gas. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The completion of the Dakota Access pipeline is one of several factors that officials say is helping North Dakota’s oil industry rebound. (Associated Press)

***SPONSORED LINK: Smart Cities Technologies in Wisconsin is taking place on June 6 in Milwaukee. Organized by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the City of Milwaukee, this workshop will explore how cities like Milwaukee are adopting Smart Cities Technologies. Register before June 2. ***

BIOENERGY:
• A state-of-the-art biodigester plant in Michigan that closed in 2015 has been bought by a California firm that plans to reopen it this summer. (MiBiz)
• A Nebraska waste-to-energy facility receives two more citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration related to workplace injuries. (Sioux City Journal)

PIPELINES: A public comment period opens today on Enbridge’s plan to replace and expand its Line 3 pipeline through Minnesota. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Several energy efficiency projects are underway as part of a $11.3 million clean energy program in Lawrence, Kansas. (Lawrence Journal-World)

RENEWABLES: Consumers Energy is seeking approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission for a “green rider” tariff that would allow large companies to procure 100 percent renewable energy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COAL ASH:
• A plan to contain more than 9 million tons of coal ash in ponds at a former Indiana coal plant is raising concerns about flooding and groundwater contamination. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)
• A utilities group asks the U.S. EPA to reconsider broad sections of an Obama administration rule governing coal-ash disposal. (Associated Press)

DIVESTMENT: While the divestment movement doesn’t appear to be limiting energy companies’ ability to get financing for pipeline projects, advocates say it has raised awareness about indigenous rights. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Allete Inc., the parent company of Minnesota Power, says it has a renewed focus on its energy-related subsidiaries. (Forum News Service)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs an infrastructure funding bill that includes $3 million for the state’s Renewable Fuels Infrastructure program. (Biofuels Digest)

GRID: President Trump’s executive order last week on cybersecurity calls for an assessment of the U.S. power grid. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• The Lincoln Journal Star says Nebraska “should continue its aggressive surge to be far more than just above average when it comes to wind energy.”
• A major agriculture company makes the business case for pollinator-friendly solar sites. (Greenbiz)

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