Midwest Energy News

Former Wisconsin DNR employees question frac sand permit

COAL ASH: Residents in southwestern Chicago suburbs worry more coal ash will be stored at a defunct quarry after a company moves it from other impoundments. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Regulatory hurdles are a key factor in the difficulty of building long-distance transmission projects, according to a panel discussion at the University of Chicago. (Midwest Energy News)

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FRAC SAND: Former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources employees question a permit for a frac sand processing facility that would fill in acres of wetlands. (La Crosse Tribune)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with conservation groups in Ohio to develop pollinator habitats around solar projects. (Toledo Blade)
• A southern Illinois city considers buying and transferring a vacant downtown building to a company for developing a solar project. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Leasing land for large-scale solar projects is of growing interest among Michigan farmers. (Capital News Service)
• A growing number of Nebraska communities are pursuing solar projects. (Nebraska Radio Network)
• A California company looks to build a 2-megawatt solar project that would be the first for a northern Illinois county. (SaukValley.com)
• A solar installation in a Chicago suburb is also a grid demonstration project for the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency. (Kane County Chronicle)

WIND: A wind developer meets with county officials in Missouri to settle road and infrastructure issues around a roughly 100-turbine project. (Maryville Forum)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Environmental groups and utilities are uniting as most states take up policies on electric vehicle programs. (Utility Dive)

A former coal plant in southwest Ohio will be demolished before the site is repurposed by a developer. (Cincinnati Business Courier)
• A judge dismisses a lawsuit brought by Ohio-based Murray Energy over comments made last year by HBO host John Oliver toward CEO Robert Murray. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: Consumer advocates support legislation in Illinois that would put the cost of a gas pipeline replacement program in Chicago under greater scrutiny. (WBBM)

EFFICIENCY: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, plans a multimillion-dollar lighting project that includes more energy-efficient fixtures. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES: The developer of the Rover gas pipeline is donating tens of thousands of dollars to counties along the project’s path for emergency response efforts. (MLive)

• An environmental attorney says some environmental groups are acting prematurely in saying utilities are stalling to clean up potential coal ash contamination under a 2015 federal rule. (Utility Dive)
• A Minnesota climate advocacy group says a proposed $350 million natural gas plant would be unnecessary as renewables, energy efficiency and demand response are cheaper options. (Duluth News Tribune)

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