Midwest Energy News

Alliant Energy poised to become largest solar operator in Wisconsin

SOLAR: Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy proposes to spend $900 million on six solar projects totaling 675 MW of capacity, which it says will save ratepayers $2 billion over the next three decades. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• COVID-19 has disrupted Illinois solar companies’ momentum while a lack of funding for a state incentive program looms even larger. (Illinois Newsroom)
• A solar developer plans energy efficiency and solar installations at six Ohio school districts to be completed later this year. (LimaOhio.com)

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BIOGAS: Xcel Energy looks to “better understand the opportunities” of renewable natural gas by exploring costs and customer interest. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: Enbridge plans to repair gaps in protective coating on the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)

STORAGE: Energy developers see capped landfills as promising sites for energy storage projects. (Waste Dive)

• Recent coal plant closure announcements in North Dakota and Wisconsin are among more than a dozen announced so far this year across the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)
• Indiana officials extend the deadline for public comment on NIPSCO’s plan to shut down five coal ash ponds near Lake Michigan. (Chicago Tribune) 

AIR POLLUTION: An environmental group receives nearly $200,000 in grants to monitor southwestern Indiana air pollution as part of a settlement agreement involving AEP. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

HYDROELECTRIC: State lawmakers approve up to $2.75 million to replace a turbine and make other repairs at a hydroelectric facility in western Minnesota. (West Central Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: A U.S. biofuels trade group asks the Trump administration to deny requests from oil refiners for retroactive blending waivers. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: The chief operating officer of ComEd says the utility has taken several steps to ensure worker safety during the pandemic. (Utility Dive)

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