Midwest Energy News

Greta Thunberg to join Iowa City coal plant protest

ACTIVISM: Climate activist Greta Thunberg will join in a march Friday in Iowa City to protest the University of Iowa’s coal-burning power plant. (The Gazette)

ALSO: Federal prosecutors announce charges against two women who held a news conference in July 2017 to describe how they damaged Dakota Access Pipeline equipment in Iowa to delay its construction. (New York Times) 

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OIL & GAS:
• The estate of an Illinois woman sues several oil refineries, claiming her death was caused by fumes from a pipeline leak. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• North Dakota officials consider a host of oil and gas rule changes, several of which seek to halt the growing number of abandoned wells. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A pipeline spill released produced water into a creek and stock pond in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Two recently launched solar programs in Missouri aim to lower cost barriers for residents, nonprofits and businesses. (St. Louis Public Radio)
• The founder of one of Minnesota’s oldest solar companies sells his stake to a private-equity firm focused on renewable energy. (Star Tribune)

GRID:
• American Transmission Co. says a Wisconsin transformer explosion last summer was caused by a voltage regulator that failed. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Ameren Illinois is giving out free smart thermostats in Peoria and Pekin. (HOI)

OVERSIGHT: Illinois regulators are among those innovating new business models that let utilities experiment with new technologies. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: The idling of an ethanol plant can cause local corn prices to fall by as much as 15-25 cents per bushel, an industry analysis shows. (Biofuels International) 

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COAL: The federal government received no bids during a competitive lease sale for coal underneath Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The president of a Michigan business group says DTE Energy’s green tariff program costs more for customers than it should. (Utility Dive)

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