Illinois governor doesn’t expect clean energy bill this fall

ILLINOIS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker doesn’t expect lawmakers to pass broad clean energy legislation during a brief fall session. (The Center Square)

RENEWABLES: An Iowa county approves the state’s first moratorium on new large-scale wind and solar projects as officials consider zoning regulations. (Des Moines Register)

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Greta Thunberg at S.D. rally: Keystone XL ‘not morally defensible’

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A ruling by Iowa regulators that selling electricity at an electric vehicle charging station does not constitute a public utility could remove a significant barrier for station owners. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: An advocacy group representing the coal industry in North Dakota emerges as a strong supporter of electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

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PIPELINES: Climate activist Greta Thunberg says the Keystone XL pipeline is “not morally defensible” at a rally in Rapid City, South Dakota. (Associated Press) 

OIL & GAS: Environmental groups support a North Dakota proposal to strengthen regulations on abandoned oil wells.

Industry leaders optimistic about Trump biofuels plan

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration plans to restore ethanol demand by upholding higher blending standards in 2020 and removing barriers to ethanol sales. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Iowa and South Dakota biofuel industry officials are optimistic about the plan, though some say the “devil is in the final details” while others are indifferent about potential impacts. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Watertown Public Opinion)
• Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar calls the plan a “vague promise” to undo the damage already done to farmers, and “too little, too late.” (Radio Iowa)

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POWER PLANTS: Wisconsin regulators say a planned 625 MW natural gas plant in Superior would have significant negative impacts on groundwater supplies. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Wisconsin regulators are among officials grappling with policy questions amid the expansion of electric vehicles.

Wisconsin regulators formally sign off on transmission project

TRANSMISSION:
• Wisconsin regulators give final approval to a controversial power line while rebuffing conflict of interest charges from opponents. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Some Iowa residents raise concerns about giving up their land for the project. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates draw attention to energy efficiency potential at apartment buildings in Kansas City. (Energy News Network)

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Minnesota plans to adopt California’s stricter vehicle emission standards

SOLAR: A utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula looks to buy power from a large-scale solar project while facing criticism that it’s limiting customer-owned generation, reflecting a statewide trend. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Multiple organizations partner to develop a solar project at a Minnesota high school, which they hope can be a model for districts across the state. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Opponents file a court appeal seeking to block plans for a 120 MW solar project in central Indiana. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• A northern Michigan college installs the city’s first solar project on campus. (Petoskey News-Review)
• More than 125 sites will be on display this weekend as part of the Illinois Solar Tour.