Midwest Energy News

Ameren Missouri unveils $6.3 billion grid plan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Despite widespread agreement on the need for more electric vehicle charging stations in Illinois, unresolved questions remain over who should own and profit from them. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• Ameren Missouri unveils a five-year, $6.3 billion grid modernization proposal. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• More than a dozen utilities and state agencies criticize grid operator PJM for rebuffing changes that would increase transparency around transmission projects. (RTO Insider)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal judge dismisses a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit the Dakota Access pipeline developer filed against environmental groups and activists, citing no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says continuing a legal challenge against the Line 3 pipeline will help “reset” relationships with tribal nations. (MinnPost)

POLLUTION: An Ohio River commission votes to keep its authority to set regional water pollution standards in a win for environmental groups. Previous coverage here. (InsideClimate News, Energy News Network archive)

POWER PLANTS: Environmental groups ask Minnesota regulators to reconsider their approval of a proposed 525 MW natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin. (LaCrosse Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Recent SEC filings show multiple Exelon nuclear plants in Illinois are at risk of early retirement. (Joliet Herald-News)

SOLAR:
• Demand is surging for community solar projects, but supply can’t catch up due to a lack of financing options, according to a new report. (GreenBiz)
• A Kansas City brewery installs rooftop solar panels that are expected to offset 60 percent of its annual energy usage. (Kansas City Business Journal)
• A community solar project in Lincoln, Nebraska, sparks interest across the region. (WOWT)

COAL:
• A Wisconsin agency issues a five-year permit for an Alliant Energy coal plant that doesn’t meet 2015 federal guidelines to curb coal ash pollution. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• North Dakota surpassed Texas in 2018 as the top U.S. lignite coal producer. (Platts)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Department of Transportation issues final rules requiring railroads to develop oil spill response plans. (Reuters)
• The North Dakota House passes a bill to offset income tax decreases with funds from an oil tax savings account, though Gov. Doug Burgum has called it “bad policy.” (Associated Press)
• A pipeline spill from an enhanced oil recovery system in North Dakota contaminates a nearby creek. (Bismarck Tribune)

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WIND: Retail giant Home Depot plans to purchase enough power from a Kansas wind project this year to power 40 stores. (Chain Store Age)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind advocates say grid reliability during the polar vortex came in part from renewables and transmission. (American Wind Energy Association)
• A utility watchdog group notes the city of Milwaukee is moving forward with rooftop solar plans despite previous challenges by We Energies. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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