Midwest Energy News

Data center could help Xcel ‘mindfully transition’ from coal

RENEWABLES: A central Minnesota county formerly dependent on a large Xcel Energy coal plant is in the running for a new Google data center that would bring 50 permanent jobs and likely be powered by renewables. (Minnesota Public Radio)

UTILITIES:
• The president of an Indiana utility says the transition from coal to renewables is a “real revolution.” (Inside Indiana Business)
• Lawyers for Ohio manufacturers, consumers and environmental advocates urge the Ohio Supreme Court to halt an unrestricted charge by FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: The Walz administration in Minnesota reconsiders the state’s legal challenge to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project as pressure builds from local officials. (MinnPost, Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• The mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, announces his support for two major solar projects totaling 450 MW in the state. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A northern Michigan utility redevelops a former industrial site with solar power. (Cadillac News)
• Staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio say AEP’s plan for a 400 MW solar project in southern Ohio is unnecessary. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Some northern Illinois residents raise land use concerns over solar development. (WIFR)
• Officials in Bloomington, Indiana, partner with local advocates to expand access to solar power for low-income residents. (Indiana Public Media)

WIND:
• A wind turbine installation in Iowa pushes Danish company Vestas past the 100 GW milestone. (CNBC)
• A 99 MW wind project comes online in North Dakota. (Renews)

OIL & GAS:
• A North Dakota judge recommends state officials issue a water permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Associated Press)
• A tank overflow spills nearly 1,700 gallons of oil and 11,000 gallons of brine at a site in northwestern North Dakota. (Associated Press)

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COAL: An Indiana utility’s plan to retire its coal-fired generation in the next generation is part of a broader shift by U.S. utilities away from coal. (Wall Street Journal)

COMMENTARY: A utility watchdog says an issue advocacy group backed by Consumers Energy reported $15 million in contributions in 2017. (Energy & Policy Institute)

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