Midwest Energy News

Community solar splits Minnesota lawmakers

EFFICIENCY: Financing used for energy efficiency upgrades at a Cleveland office building may help solve the split-incentive problem with tenant-occupied buildings. (Energy News Network)

• Senate Republicans say Minnesota’s community solar program has morphed to benefit businesses and government at the expense of utility customers while House Democrats want to expand the program. (MinnPost)
• County officials in eastern Michigan consider extending a moratorium on utility-scale solar projects for six months. (Huron Daily Tribune)

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• Two North Dakota lawmakers have a verbal confrontation at a public meeting over wind turbine setback regulations. (Forum News Service)
• Construction begins on a 200 MW wind project in eastern Kansas. (North American Windpower)

PIPELINES: The Michigan Chamber of Commerce applauds Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for negotiating with Enbridge over a potential tunnel for Line 5 but criticizes Attorney General Dana Nessel’s opposition to the plan. (Michigan Advance)

CLIMATE: Nine major companies in Minnesota ask state lawmakers to address climate change as part of final policy and spending negotiations. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is in talks to sell a former Ohio plant to a new entity that would build electric vehicles. (CNET)

POLICY: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota introduces a federal Clean Energy Standard seeking zero emissions power by 2050. (CBS 3)

EMISSIONS: A Missouri lawmaker seeks to end a vehicle emissions testing program in the St. Louis area next year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL: A report recommends Springfield, Illinois’ municipal utility retire three of its four operating coal units “as soon as feasible.” (State Journal-Register)

BIOMASS: State regulators approve a new contract between Consumers Energy and a biomass plant in northeastern Michigan, though the future is uncertain for another plant. (Alpena News)

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OIL & GAS: A pipeline leak causes roughly 360 barrels of brine to spill at a North Dakota oil site. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A clean energy attorney says regional grid operators and wholesale markets limit states’ ability to set their own resource mix. (Utility Dive)

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