Midwest Energy News

Ameren would keep coal for decades under 2050 carbon neutral plan

GRID: Grid congestion is a key factor in wind and solar developers’ canceling projects in grid operator MISO’s territory over the past five years. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Wisconsin’s electric grid and efficiency programs earn a “B” rating from a coalition of civil engineers ranking the state’s infrastructure. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Grid operators MISO and Southwest Power Pool again fail to identify any beneficial cross-border transmission projects after examining 10 “routinely congested” areas in seven states. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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UTILITIES: Ameren announces a 2050 carbon neutral target that includes about $8 billion in renewable energy investments, though much of its coal fleet would remain online through 2040. (Greentech Media)

OHIO: A Cleveland economic development organization calls on lawmakers to repeal and replace HB 6 to “remove the alleged stain of corruption on the law and to enable the restoration of the energy efficiency programs supported by our members.” (Cleveland.com)

PIPELINES: Critics say Enbridge hasn’t submitted enough documentation to the state of Michigan on the company’s plan to build a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac for Line 5. (Michigan Radio)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin’s top utility regulator proposes doubling the amount of spending budgeted for a state energy efficiency program. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
A planned 20 MW solar project in northern Indiana that will sell power to the University of Notre Dame is on land with a historical connection to the school. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A fundraiser in Illinois will support solar panels and installation for at least two nonprofit organizations. (WSIU)
• A Wisconsin township seeks protections for roads, drainage systems and local tax revenue from the developer of a large-scale solar project. (Kenosha News)

WIND: Some rural Illinois residents living amid wind projects raise concerns about potential falling debris after turbines break. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

COAL: Utilities pursuing a carbon capture and storage project at a North Dakota coal plant criticize a recent study calling it risky for ratepayers. (Inforum)

TRANSPORTATION: A Democratic Congress member from Illinois introduces legislation aimed at lowering transportation-sector emissions while boosting demand for biofuels. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board says ratepayers across the state “deserve answers regarding the money trail behind HB 6.” (Columbus Dispatch)

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