Midwest Energy News

Advocates challenge solar fees proposed by Kansas utility

SOLAR: Kansas regulators and solar advocates delve into details of Westar Energy’s plan to raise costs for solar customers. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

• In eastern Michigan, a township finalizes regulations for residential and commercial solar projects while a county considers a plan to lease land for a solar project. (WJRT, Huron County View)
• In Illinois, plans advance for three, 2 MW solar projects while elsewhere officials consider a 30-acre, 5 MW solar project. (Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus, Quad-City Times)

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• Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler plans to continue overhauling U.S. biofuel policy. (Reuters)
• Local officials approve plans for a new ethanol production plant near Indianapolis. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

PIPELINES: The Nebraska Supreme Court agrees to hear expedited arguments in the legal effort to block the Keystone XL pipeline. (Omaha World-Herald)

• A coal plant in central North Dakota is being deconstructed more than a year after retiring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Athens County, Ohio, residents celebrate a canceled coal mining project, though the company has plans elsewhere in the state. (Columbus Dispatch)

GEOTHERMAL: A renovation project at the Nebraska Capitol includes a geothermal installation for heating and cooling. (Lincoln Journal Star)

• A municipal utility in southeastern Wisconsin doubles its wind energy portfolio through a power purchase agreement. (Lake Mills Leader)
• Residents around a proposed wind project near the Minnesota-South Dakota border want turbines setback 3 miles from a lake. (Marshall Independent)

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• Great River Energy plans to invest $130 million in a transmission line to move power from North Dakota to central Minnesota. (Associated Press)
• Work continues on a 130-mile Wisconsin transmission line meant to deliver more renewable energy to residents. (WKBT)

FRAC SAND: A company plans to expand production by more than 45 percent at a Wisconsin frac sand mine. (La Crosse Tribune)

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