Midwest Energy News

Great Lakes offshore wind project wins key permit approval

CLEAN ENERGY: Consumers Energy reaches a deal with a broad coalition of advocates on its long-term energy plan, which for months had been in jeopardy due to disputes over key provisions. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Researchers at Michigan Technological University say the state’s investor-owned utilities “manipulate” regulatory and political systems to their benefit and the detriment of ratepayers. (Energy News Network)

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WIND: A construction permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers is a “big step forward” for an offshore wind project in Cleveland. (FOX8)

COAL:
• The U.S. EPA says Missouri’s plan to oversee coal ash disposal is not strong enough. (St. Louis Public Radio)
• Not a single coal plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar by 2025, a new analysis finds. (InsideClimate News)

PIPELINES: An upcoming legal opinion by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel could decide the future of Line 5. (Michigan Advance)

EMISSIONS:
• U.S. carbon emissions grew 3.1 percent in 2018 as global emissions reached a record high. (Reuters)
• The mayor of Goshen, Indiana, sets a citywide carbon-neutral goal by 2035. (Washington Times Herald)

RENEWABLES:
• South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signs a bill to streamline the approval process for wind and solar projects. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Lansing, Michigan, looks to become the state’s first municipality to power city buildings with renewable energy. (Lansing City Pulse)

EFFICIENCY:
• Two Cincinnati-area businesses are approved for nearly $12 million in financing for energy efficiency upgrades. (Soapbox Cincinnati)
• The Trump administration is set to roll back Obama-era regulations designed to make a variety of speciality light bulbs more efficient. (NPR)

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SOLAR: A central Minnesota county approves plans for a 1 MW community solar project. (Pope County Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A Missouri reporter says the state needs to boost its renewable energy development, though rural communities shouldn’t “bear the entire burden.” (Columbia Daily Tribune)

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