Midwest Energy News

Ethanol producer closes two Iowa plants as trade war escalates

BIOFUELS: A major ethanol producer is shutting down two plants in Iowa and scaling back production in Minnesota due to low profits amid a trade war with China. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

NUCLEAR: A ruling upholding Illinois’ nuclear subsidy program could offer a precedent for similar programs in other states. (Greentech Media)

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SOLAR:
• A Milwaukee alderman proposes legislation requiring solar panels on new housing. (Milwaukee Business Journal)
• A judge orders a Minnesota solar installer to repay $1.5 million to about 80 customers it defrauded. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A county zoning board in northern Illinois recommends approving a 200-acre solar project, while a nearby city finalizes work on local solar regulations. (WIFR, Freeport Journal Standard)

STORAGE: Consumers Energy launches its first battery storage project in Michigan that may provide data for future sites. (MLive)

REGULATION: A former state lawmaker is appointed chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission. (Missouri Times)

COAL:
• The U.S. EPA rejects a request by Maryland and Delaware to control cross-state air pollution from coal plants in Indiana, Ohio and other states. (InsideClimate News)
• Rolling back regulations on coal ash and mercury emissions are among eight key actions taken by the U.S. EPA to help the coal industry. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators discuss plans for an oil refinery following a judge’s recommendation to dismiss a challenge to its location near a national park. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: The municipal utility in Springfield, Illinois, delays the release of its 20-year integrated resource plan that will chart the utility’s future. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

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TRANSPORTATION: A Wisconsin school district looks to save money and reduce emissions by transitioning from diesel-powered buses to propane. (La Crosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• An Upper Peninsula editorial board sees potential for a 100 MW solar project at a former airport near Marquette. (Marquette Mining Journal)
• Residents in northern Minnesota’s Iron Range partner with clean energy advocates in the state to form a solar cooperative. (Mesabi Daily News)

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