Midwest Energy News

Illinois farmers embrace solar for extra income

COAL:
• The redevelopment of two former coal plant sites is a significant factor in tomorrow’s Chicago City Council election. (Energy News Network)
• Some environmental advocates are concerned about a utility-backed plan to shift coal ash oversight from federal to state agencies in Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

UTILITIES: Advocates say Minnesota utilities are not disclosing avoided costs, which determine whether third-party generators can sell power to utilities. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR: Some Illinois farmers embrace solar development as a source of additional income. (Washington Post)

RENEWABLES:
• Grid operator MISO considers ways to fast-track some proposed generation in response to a large number of wind and solar interconnection requests. (RTO Insider)
• Google pursues local property tax breaks as it determines whether a central Minnesota data center could be powered with renewable energy. (Minnesota Public Radio)

STORAGE: Minnesota lawmakers debate legislation meant to spur energy storage development. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
• Iowa state agencies encourage municipalities to adopt local wind regulations ahead of anticipated industry growth. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• An Iowa state senator who unexpectedly resigned this month takes a job lobbying for the American Wind Energy Association. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Missouri regulators open a proceeding to consider how the state can build out electric vehicle infrastructure. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer sues Greenpeace in state court after a federal judge dismissed the company’s racketeering claims. (Associated Press)
• Government officials in North Dakota say a highway shutdown during Dakota Access protests was not meant to manipulate the media or tribes. (Associated Press)
• Only 6 percent of Michigan residents polled are not concerned about an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac from Line 5, according to Michigan State University researchers. (WKAR)

TRANSMISSION:
• Public hearings are scheduled next month on a proposed transmission line connecting Iowa and Wisconsin. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)
• Achieving high levels of renewable energy requires bolstering the U.S. transmission grid, a significant political challenge. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• A watchdog group says Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz’s ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council means supporting fossil fuels over renewables. (Checks & Balances Project)
• The president of the Conservative Energy Network says renewable energy isn’t the political wedge issue it once was. (The Hill)

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