Midwest Energy News

Duke Energy cancels wind purchase due to lack of transmission

UTILITIES: Despite similar long-term clean energy goals, Michigan’s two major utilities have competing visions for replacing their coal generation over the next decade. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Duke Energy cancels plans to buy 500 MW of wind for customers in North Carolina due to the lack of available transmission to access Midwest sources. (Utility Dive)
• Plans move forward for a 164-turbine wind project in northeastern South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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COAL:
• The U.S. EPA eases Obama-era standards on the disposal of toxic coal ash, saying they are burdensome on utilities. (Reuters)
• St. Louis-based Peabody Energy will invest $10 million in a new partnership with a tech company that aims to convert coal into oil products. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A southern Indiana town looks to resolve a dispute with a company over safety measures at a coal mine. (Indiana Public Media)

BIOFUELS:
• Advocates say more than 2 billion gallons of ethanol would have been added to gasoline if it weren’t for waivers granted to refiners by the U.S. EPA. (Radio Iowa)
• Critics and supporters state their cases on biofuel blending volumes at an EPA hearing in Michigan. (E&E News, subscription)
• Iowa’s congressional delegation wants acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler to visit the state to learn more about the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Radio Iowa)

PIPELINES: The Minnesota Supreme Court delivers a victory to pipeline protesters after declining to hear a case that supports a “necessity defense” and the threat of climate change to justify their actions. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vows to limit “runaway spending” as the state gains revenue from record-level oil production. (Associated Press)
• An equipment failure caused 550 barrels of brine and 120 barrels of oil to spill at a site in northern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• County officials in northern Illinois delay a vote on a 90-acre solar project. (Northwest Herald)
• Installation begins on a rooftop community solar project in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. (Sun Current)

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GRID: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seeks federal aid to replace an underwater electric cable that powers an island in Lake Michigan. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A union official says Ohio lawmakers should be doing more to protect workers and communities as power plants close. (Columbus Dispatch)

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