Midwest Energy News

Clean energy politics shift with new Midwest governors

ELECTION: The outcome of Midwest governor races, including Democratic wins in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kansas, could have implications for clean energy development in the region. (E&E News, subscription)

ALSO:
• A clean energy entrepreneur who made climate change a campaign issue takes a key U.S. House seat in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)
• A Keystone XL pipeline supporter wins a race for Nebraska’s Public Service Commission, while Omaha voters elect new members for a public power board who support a quicker transition to renewable energy. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Voters in Youngstown, Ohio, reject a local fracking ban for the eighth time. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Voters in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb give city officials the go ahead to explore municipal electricity aggregation.(ThisWeek)

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WIND:
• Wind energy now is the lowest-cost power option in the High Plains and Midwest, according to a new study from the University of Texas. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Washburn University in Kansas will meet about 80 percent of its power needs with wind energy while saving up to $100,000 a year. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Xcel Energy agrees to pay $650 million for the natural gas-powered Mankato Energy Center, which is subject to regulatory approval. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: Local officials investigate an explosion at an Indiana ethanol plant that has had other operating problems in the past few weeks. (Greenville Daily Advocate)

COMMENTARY:
• Government intervention to protect specific power plants is unnecessary and “will raise consumer costs and discourage investment in newer, cleaner, more efficient technologies,” writes the head of grid operator PJM. (Utility Dive)
• A columnist says the new governors of Illinois and Michigan will be climate change wins, while the election of a Republican member of the Nebraska Public Service Commission is a loss. (Forbes)

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