Midwest Energy News

Greta Thunberg at S.D. rally: Keystone XL ‘not morally defensible’

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A ruling by Iowa regulators that selling electricity at an electric vehicle charging station does not constitute a public utility could remove a significant barrier for station owners. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: An advocacy group representing the coal industry in North Dakota emerges as a strong supporter of electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

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PIPELINES: Climate activist Greta Thunberg says the Keystone XL pipeline is “not morally defensible” at a rally in Rapid City, South Dakota. (Associated Press) 

OIL & GAS: Environmental groups support a North Dakota proposal to strengthen regulations on abandoned oil wells. (Bismarck Tribune)

OHIO: The contentious campaign over nuclear and coal subsidies in Ohio will last at least a few more weeks as referendum supporters try to gather enough signatures to put the issue to a vote. (Cleveland Scene)

SOLAR:
A 2 MW solar project in southeastern Minnesota is part of a group of solar projects spanning three states and totaling 22.6 MW. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• A south-central Michigan city weighs proposed solar energy regulations meant to encourage the industry while ensuring projects aren’t a nuisance for neighbors. (WTVB)
• Developers propose a major solar project on 450 acres in southwestern Ohio. (Wilmington News Journal)
• One of the first community solar projects selected under a lottery in Illinois will begin construction next year. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• A solar installation is now producing power on the roof of a state-owned parking ramp in Minneapolis. (Fox 9)

EFFICIENCY: A western Michigan city formally recognizes energy efficiency as a key part of its long-term clean energy plan. (Holland Sentinel)

BIOFUELS: Uncertainty over federal biofuel policy could be a contributing factor to some Midwest farmers’ leaving the industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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CLIMATE: Activists demand local officials take climate change action during a rally in downtown Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Tribal nations and marginalized communities are leading the fight to stave off pipeline projects, and it’s time to start listening, a writer says. (New Republic)
• The campaign to support nuclear and coal subsidies in Ohio is part of a broader trend of utilities seeking ratepayer support for outdated energy sources, advocates say. (Environmental Working Group)
• A columnist says energy efficiency can play a major role in Illinois’ clean energy future. (Lake County News-Sun)

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