Midwest Energy News

Illinois governor doesn’t expect clean energy bill this fall

ILLINOIS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker doesn’t expect lawmakers to pass broad clean energy legislation during a brief fall session. (The Center Square)

RENEWABLES: An Iowa county approves the state’s first moratorium on new large-scale wind and solar projects as officials consider zoning regulations. (Des Moines Register)

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PIPELINES: The Trump administration’s efforts to fast-track oil and gas pipeline projects have backfired in at least three major cases, including the Keystone XL pipeline. (Reuters)

OHIO: The campaign seeking to overturn Ohio’s bailout for nuclear and coal plants files a federal lawsuit alleging the state’s laws are unconstitutional and unfairly block their ability to collect petition signatures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL & GAS: State officials are investigating the cause of a spill in North Dakota that leaked 200 barrels of oil and 400 barrels of produced water. (Bismarck Tribune)

OVERSIGHT: North Dakota environmental regulators reach an agreement with the U.S. EPA that allows owners of power plants, oil and gas sites and waste facilities to self-report minor environmental violations. (Bismarck Tribune)

A developer plans to build a 27 MW solar project on a brownfield site in northern Illinois. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• A Minnesota couple says a 40-acre solar project near their home is degrading their property as local officials have failed to enforce regulations. (KMSP)
• County officials in Indiana deny a solar developer’s request for a 10-year tax abatement, leaving the project in jeopardy. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

CLEAN ENERGY: The CEO of Xcel Energy says declining costs will help the utility phase out coal and also transition customers to electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription) 

NUCLEAR: Federal regulators outline a plan for DTE Energy to bring components of a nuclear reactor in southeastern Michigan into compliance. (Toledo Blade)

State regulators approve Consumers Energy’s plan to buy a 166 MW wind project in southern Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A plan to build four commercial wind turbines near I-80 in Nebraska resurfaces after local officials adopt zoning regulations. (Aurora News-Register)

A city council in Indiana unanimously passes a resolution committing to climate change action. (Purdue Exponent)
• Student activists at the University of Michigan call on school officials to reduce the use of fossil fuels to power campus buildings. (Michigan Daily)

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COAL: Wisconsin lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill this week that provides state aid to move coal piles from a river bank in Green Bay. (WLUK)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators approve plans to rename three long-standing utility companies that were joined last year in a $14 billion utility merger. (Salina Journal)

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