Midwest Energy News

Controversial waste-to-energy plant closes in Detroit

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ameren Illinois wants to help school districts in its service territory transition to electric school buses. (Energy News Network)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A controversial waste-to-energy facility in Detroit that for years was the source of odor and emission complaints permanently closes. (Detroit News)

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CLEAN TECH: Discussing new technologies to achieve a carbon-free generation portfolio, Xcel Energy’s CEO says, “We’ve got to be open to anything that mitigates the risk of climate change.” (Greentech Media)

COAL: DTE Energy is expected to move up the closure dates of coal plants in southeastern Michigan. (WXYZ)

PIPELINES: South Dakota is the latest in a series of states to adopt harsher penalties for those involved with pipeline protests. (InsideClimate News)

OVERSIGHT: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appoints a new member to the state Public Utilities Commission, though consumer advocates say the five-member board needs more ratepayer representation. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR:
• An Iowa elementary school plans to install solar panels this summer that school officials say may be the first phase of a district-wide plan. (Quad-City Times)
• Solar will be an increasing source of power generation in Wisconsin, utility officials say. (Door County Daily News)

OIL & GAS: An environmental group challenging a planned oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota will take its case to the state Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES:
• Several large companies form a trade association to represent firms that purchase renewable energy. (NPR)
• Kansas-based developer Tradewind Energy will be acquired by the subsidiary of a major multinational utility company. (Kansas City Business Journal)

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UTILITIES: Iowa regulators will hear arguments over Alliant Energy’s interim rate increase to pay for renewables and grid resilience. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan NAACP official says utility front groups’ effort to dismantle net metering is an attempt to put utility profits over public health. (Lansing State Journal)
• As Iowa lawmakers consider a similar plan to scale back net metering, advocates say solar benefits all ratepayers. (Quad-City Times)

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