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)

SOLAR:
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)

COAL:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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