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)

• 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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• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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