Midwest Energy News

Appeals court upholds Illinois’ nuclear subsidy program

NUCLEAR: A U.S. appeals court upholds Illinois’ zero-emission credit program that acts as a subsidy for struggling nuclear plants. (RTO Insider)

• An opinion by Minnesota environmental regulators defining turbine noise could stifle development, industry advocates say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Construction begins on a 101 MW wind project in southwestern Minnesota. (Pipestone County Star)

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• Illinois, Indiana and Michigan take different approaches to net metering as rooftop solar increases. (Utility Dive)
• Officials in a central Illinois county seek clarity on how much property tax revenue to expect from solar projects. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• A southeastern Minnesota county explores its options for investing in solar projects. (Red Wing Republican Eagle)
• A company secures $11 million in financing for 8.2 MW of community solar projects in Minnesota. (Solar Industry)
• County officials near Chicago explore properties where solar panels could be added. (Daily Southtown)

NATURAL GAS: As utilities rush to build natural gas plants, declining costs for solar and storage puts them at risk for billions of dollars in stranded assets. (PV Magazine)

EMISSIONS: Chicago-based United Airlines pledges to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050 by using cleaner fuels and reducing overall fuel use. (Chicago Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa’s first public fast-charging station for electric vehicles is now available. (Des Moines Register)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Sioux City, Iowa, cites a waste-to-energy plant for multiple violations of its permit to discharge sewage into a regional wastewater treatment plant. (Sioux City Journal)

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RESEARCH: University of Notre Dame researchers join a program that aims to bring electricity and microgrids to developing countries. (Inside Indiana Business)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan economics professor affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute says oil and gas pipelines should be made safer before forgoing the use of them. (Detroit News)

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