Midwest Energy News

Illinois county to approve dozens of projects amid solar surge

SOLAR: Officials in Kankakee County, Illinois, expect to approve 48 solar projects totaling two square miles as developers look to secure renewable energy credits. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

• A Swiss clean energy company reaches a deal with a Nebraska power producer to develop 2,000 MW of solar across six Midwest states. (Platts)
• A Detroit-area nonprofit offers bulk-buying to expand solar energy access to residents in Highland Park. (In These Times)
• Local officials in southern Michigan delay action on solar zoning amendments following a wave a public comments. (Sturgis Journal)
• A Kansas City company acquires the rights to 22 MW of solar projects under development in North Carolina. (Power Engineering)

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BIOFUELS: The Trump administration temporarily freezes a program that exempts some small oil refineries from biofuel blending requirements. (Reuters)

• President Trump threatens to revoke General Motors’ electric vehicle tax credits after the company’s plan to close several plants, though experts say he wouldn’t be able to for a single company. (Detroit News)  
• Iowa will use $3 million in Volkswagen settlement funds to help schools and communities replace diesel buses. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• Rural Michigan counties host large wind and solar projects as the state’s two major utilities diversify their portfolios. (Fenton Tri-County Times)
• A documentary features six stories about Minnesota residents who source their power from renewables. (KVRR)
• Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ranks among the top schools in the U.S. for renewable energy usage. (RiverBender.com)

CLEAN TECH: Samsung plans to build a $62 million electric vehicle battery pack factory in southeastern Michigan that will create more than 400 jobs. (Detroit Free Press)

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• Labor unions that supported Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer hope she reverses course and supports a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)
• A woman who was severely injured during Dakota Access pipeline protests is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have access to evidence that could help her case. (Associated Press)

POLICY: In addition to action on Line 5, Michigan environmental groups are also concerned about lame-duck lawmakers taking up bills in December related to solar taxation and coal ash storage. (Michigan Radio)

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