Midwest Energy News

Advocates seek coal phase out plan from MidAmerican Energy

COAL:
• An environmental group calls MidAmerican Energy’s 100 percent renewable goal “a bit of a gimmick” and asks regulators for a plan to phase out the utility’s coal. (Des Moines Register)
• Kansas officials plan to oversee the closing of a nearly 100-year-old coal plant to ensure contamination doesn’t spread. (KCUR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is close to hitting its 200,000-vehicle cap on EV sales that qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR:
• A 110 MW solar project is planned on Oglala Lakota Nation land in South Dakota. (pv Magazine)
• A county board in Illinois rejects plans for a 20-acre solar project. (Kankakee Daily Journal)
• Work is nearly complete on a 4,500-panel solar project that will supply a central Indiana high school. (Associated Press)

GRID:
• ComEd’s $2.6 billion grid modernization investments have yet to be truly tested due to relatively calm summer weather in Chicago. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Advocates in southeastern Michigan say distributed generation will bolster the grid in low-income communities as they deal with the challenges of climate change. (Model D Media)
• A South Dakota electric cooperative receives a $9 million federal loan to improve service in rural areas. (Pierre Capital Journal)

CARBON CAPTURE: A new research initiative at the University of Michigan seeks to advance technology for capturing carbon and reusing it in other products. (Axios)

WIND:
• Apple is leading the development of a wind project in Illinois that will help other companies access renewable energy. (Fortune)
• U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is awarded the U.S. Wind Champion Award by the American Wind Energy Association. (Spencer Daily Reporter)

RENEWABLES:
• MISO region utility planners are among those who say the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s long-term renewable energy price forecasts are the most accurate. (Utility Dive)
• Advocates are planning a renewable energy rally this weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota. (Minot Daily News)

PIPELINES: A North Dakota judge refuses to reopen a lawsuit brought by state regulators against a private security firm accused of using heavy-handed tactics against Dakota Access pipeline protesters. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: Officials are monitoring the cleanup of 21,000 gallons of brine that spilled at a North Dakota saltwater disposal well. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board welcomes Foxxconn’s interest in having solar panels as part of its major manufacturing campus in Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)

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