Midwest Energy News

3 Midwest states get more than 30 percent of electricity from wind

SOLAR:
• The city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, population 20,000, has attracted national attention for the amount of solar being installed there. (Midwest Energy News)
• A northwestern Illinois county tables plans for a pair of 2 megawatt solar projects to conduct more research. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

WIND:
• Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota now get more than 30 percent of their electricity from wind, according to a new industry report. (North American Windpower)
• New wind capacity declined last year due to more certainty around key federal tax credits that took pressure off of developers. (Bloomberg)

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GRID:
• Illinois regulators will study the value of distributed generation years ahead of schedule following strong interest in community solar projects. (Midwest Energy News)
• FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre echoes a coal and nuclear industry position that closing uneconomic power plants would harm grid resilience, even though grid operators don’t share the concern. (Utility Dive)
• The CEO of grid operator MISO says the region is resilient though there is room for improvement as resource mixes change. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS:
• DTE Energy and clean energy groups are at odds over whether the company should comply with new planning rules that took effect shortly after a major natural gas plant was announced. (Bridge)
• A new study aims to resolve disputes over oil and gas ownership under the Missouri River in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

EMISSIONS: States with emission-reduction and climate change goals are being undercut by emissions from the transportation sector. (E&E News)

RENEWABLES: While coal accounts for about 40 percent of Minnesota’s electric generation, solar is on the rise and it is a top-10 state for wind power. (Minnesota Public Radio)

PIPELINES: Under a new law signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, anyone who intentionally damages critical infrastructure such as pipelines could face a 25-year prison term and up to a $100,000 fine. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

CLIMATE: Milwaukee officials say they remain committed to meeting goals in the Paris climate agreement. (Shepherd Express)

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BIOFUELS: More than a dozen U.S. senators demand to know which refineries were given waivers by the U.S. EPA from federal biofuel requirements. (Quad-City Times)

FRAC SAND: A state appeals court says officials in a western Wisconsin city properly annexed land for a sand mining operation. (Associated Press)

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