Midwest Energy News

Bold energy plans surface in Illinois, Wisconsin

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Building on a 2016 energy law, Illinois lawmakers introduce an aggressive bill to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 with an emphasis on job creation and equity. (Energy News Network)
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal calls for 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 and increased state funding for renewables and energy efficiency. (Wisconsin State Journal)

EFFICIENCY: New research addresses the challenge of enrolling small and medium businesses in energy efficiency programs. (Energy News Network)

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POLICY: Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush urges lawmakers to pass his “green collar” jobs bill aimed at recruiting more minorities, women and veterans to the clean energy sector. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• The University of Illinois seeks bids for a second large-scale solar array that will include pollinator habitat. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• Officials in a western Missouri town vote to power some city operations with solar. (Cedar County Republican)

PIPELINES: Tribal leaders say the Army Corps of Engineers didn’t seriously review the Dakota Access pipeline’s potential impact on tribes. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• State regulators hold a public hearing next week on a proposed 200 MW wind project in northwestern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Five years after installation, on-site wind turbines meet 10 percent of a Honda manufacturing plant’s energy needs in Ohio. (North American Windpower)

RENEWABLES: 3M’s plan to power its Minnesota headquarters with renewables will be sourced mostly from wind farms. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• Critics say a North Dakota bill to clarify mineral rights when storing natural gas underground would harm landowners. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An agreement seeks to settle a dispute between North Dakota and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation by sending more oil tax revenue to the tribe. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Xcel Energy will review its planning processes following natural gas outages and supply shortages during the polar vortex. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

GRID: An Indiana utility will use federal funding to invest in grid upgrades in the southern part of the state. (Greensburg Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio clean energy advocate says climate change is not being adequately addressed due to fossil fuel political contributions. (Fremont News Messenger)
• A researcher says making electric generation more flexible while increasing access to stored gas are the best ways to maintain reliability during cold weather snaps. (The Conversation)

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