Midwest Energy News

Illinois law streamlines wind energy zoning rules

WIND: Citing planning delays, a developer cancels plans for a large wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs a bill streamlining zoning for wind projects, leaving decisions to counties and municipalities instead of townships. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to achieve 100 percent carbon-free power by 2050 poses cost and technological challenges. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Xcel Energy’s $25 million electric vehicle pilot program in Minnesota includes funding for “community mobility hubs” and building out EV infrastructure for government fleets. (Energy News Network)
• A state-sponsored study in Michigan maps an electric vehicle charging network that would resolve range anxiety issues in rural areas. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

POWER PLANTS: FirstEnergy Solutions says its bankruptcy plan is back on track after a new agreement aims to resolve concerns about cleanup costs for coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: An Ohio advisory board explores whether the state needs a reinsurance policy to help cover potential withdrawals from a coal mine reclamation fund. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOLAR: A Minneapolis suburb installs solar panels at its city hall and a fire station to reduce its electricity costs. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Nebraska waste-to-energy facility temporarily suspends operations to make repairs and resolve ongoing emissions and odor issues. (Sioux City Journal)

CLIMATE: Voters in Minnesota and elsewhere say climate change is an increasingly important issue for elected officials to address. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin regulators will hold public hearings in June on a proposed transmission line through the southwestern corner of the state. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board calls legislation to bail out two uneconomic nuclear plants a “swing and a miss.” (Toledo Blade)
• Michigan climate activists say the time has come for meaningful, bipartisan legislation to curb climate change. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• An Illinois solar installer looks back on industry changes over the past 20 years. (Southern Illinoisan)

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