Midwest Energy News

Exelon faces class-action lawsuit amid federal investigation

UTILITIES: Exelon faces a potential class-action lawsuit for allegedly making false and misleading statements about a federal investigation into its lobbying activities. (Chicago Sun-Times)

TRANSMISSION: The dispute between clean energy advocates and landowners over the controversial Grain Belt Express transmission project is poised to resurface in the Missouri legislature next month. (E&E News, subscription)

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WIND:
U.S. wind development is poised for strong growth in the coming years even as a federal tax credit begins to phase out, analysts say. (Greentech Media)
• Xcel Energy buys a wind project in southeastern Minnesota that was built in 1999 and recently repowered. (North American Windpower)
• County officials in eastern Nebraska reject plans for an 11.3 MW wind project, with one commissioner citing concerns over public health. (Omaha World-Herald)

COAL: Southern Illinois residents speak out against a coal mining company’s application for a permit to dump wastewater into a river and creek. (Southern Illinoisan)

BIOFUELS: The White House will stick to a plan released in October over biofuel blending requirements that farmers say does too little for corn growers. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES:
Solar and wind could be used to power magnetic levitation technology in a hyperloop system planned to connect Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Officials in Lawrence, Kansas, set targets to gradually run all sectors on renewable energy by 2050. (KSHB)
• Steel producer SSAB says it will run its Iowa mill without using fossil fuels beginning in 2026. (Des Moines Register)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators will hold a public forum in Duluth today on additions to the state’s environmental review of the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An Indiana editorial board says planned wind and solar projects in the state “are slowly bringing ourselves in line with the realities of the 21st century.” (Kokomo Tribune)
• A Minnesota representative says the state should continue its clean energy leadership with his bill that would require new power generation to come from clean sources unless it wasn’t affordable or reliable. (Press & News)

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