Wisconsin regulators to consider controversial natural gas plant

DOUBLE YOUR MONEY: Through December 31, your contribution to the Energy News Network will be doubled courtesy of NewsMatch. Give today! POWER PLANTS: The debate over a proposed 550 MW, $700 million natural gas plant now heads before Wisconsin regulators, though the odds of blocking it are not in clean energy groups’ favor. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: A federal judge rules the Keystone XL developer can’t conduct pre-construction work until a government environmental review is completed. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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Report: Clean energy boosting job growth in rural Midwest

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MICROGRIDS: A delegation from West Africa crisscrossed Illinois last week to learn how microgrids can help integrate renewables and bolster electric reliability. (Energy News Network)

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Iowa wind farm approved despite lack of coal transition plan

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ALSO:
• The University of Kansas in Lawrence will be the third university campus to meet its energy needs through a wind purchase agreement with Westar Energy. (Kansas City Star)
• A North Dakota planning commission rejects a permit for a proposed 250 MW wind project near Bismarck.

Xcel Energy pledges carbon-free goal by 2050

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• Xcel Energy, which serves eight Midwest and Western states, announces plans to provide 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Xcel’s announcement Tuesday in Denver may have also revived a long debate over the viability of carbon capture technology. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Ohio consumer advocates say a proposed deal with state regulators involving FirstEnergy earnings is “contributing to the electric utilities’ subsidy culture” to the detriment of ratepayers.

Michigan governor changes course on Line 5 tunnel oversight

PIPELINES: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers scrap plans for an existing authority to oversee a potential tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline and will likely create a new entity for the project. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO:
• Author and pipeline activist Winona LaDuke is among several applicants seeking an open seat on the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. (Associated Press)
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer and investors may have lost billions due to the way the company managed social risks in the lead-up to construction, a new report says. (Desmog Blog)

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