Midwest Energy News

Ameren proposes $18 million electric vehicle charging program in Missouri

RENEWABLES: The cost of renewables is falling faster than expected in Michigan, one of the key takeaways from the latest report on the state’s renewable portfolio standard. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ameren proposes an $18 million program to add hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations across Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Columbus, Ohio, buys its first batch of electric vehicles and charging stations with help from grant funding. (Columbus Business First)
• Chicago could have up to 80,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030 if more charging infrastructure is added, a study says. (WTTW)

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WIND:
• Officials in a northern Iowa county express support for a planned 58-turbine wind project. (Mason City Globe Gazette)
• A central Illinois county board narrowly approves a 250-megawatt wind project. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• South Dakota landowners file a lawsuit alleging two members of a county board approved a wind project while having a financial interest in it. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• The Iowa Court of Appeals upholds a ruling that a company installed three wind turbines in violation of a local zoning ordinance. (Waterloo Courier)

OIL AND GAS: A company plans a natural gas processing plant in North Dakota meant to help reduce flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• An Indiana elementary school is offsetting its monthly electric bill with solar panels. (Indiana Public Media)
• Researchers will use grant funding to study the potential for solar energy in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (UPMatters.com)

COAL:
• The closing date of a major coal plant in western Michigan is unclear as its owner, Consumers Energy, plans to retire its coal generation by 2040. (WZZM)
• A company will invest $16.5 million to reopen a coal mine in southwestern Indiana. (Inside Indiana Business)

COMMENTARY:
• Iowa is at an “important crossroads” as state lawmakers consider bills that would scale back energy efficiency, advocates say. (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)
• Local leadership and low-cost renewable energy are key factors for Wisconsin to address climate change, says the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. (Door County Pulse)
• An Iowa utility executive says proposed legislation would update the state’s energy policies to prepare for emerging technologies. (Des Moines Register)

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