Midwest Energy News

Illinois wind opposition ‘driven by fear of the unknown,’ developer says

EFFICIENCY: Missouri regulators direct utility Evergy to test an on-bill financing program to pay for customer energy efficiency upgrades. (Energy News Network)

WIND: As wind development increases in central and southern Illinois, opposition surfaces over nuisance and potential wildlife impacts. (Decatur Herald & Review)

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SOLAR:
Local officials in southeastern Wisconsin now await state regulators’ approval for a 149 MW solar project. (Watertown Daily Times)
• Prices across all segments of the U.S. solar market are at an all-time low, contradicting claims from leading solar advocacy groups two years ago about the negative impacts of tariffs. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
Without the Line 5 pipeline, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would need to rely on a system of trucks and rail to maintain propane supply as it did prior to the mid-1990s. (Michigan Radio)
• North Dakota set a state record in October with more than 1.5 million barrels of oil produced per day. (Bismarck Tribune)
• About 20 barrels of a mixture containing saltwater and oil spilled following a truck crash in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: A vehicle emissions-testing program in Minnesota was phased out 20 years ago after the state met federal air pollution compliance levels. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOFUELS: The closing of 13 U.S. ethanol plants further strains farmers already facing a poor growing season and a trade war with China. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: A Minnesota utility next year will begin offering customers an option to offset their electricity usage with renewables. (Inforum)

CLEAN ENERGY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $237 million on efficiency and renewable energy for farmers and agriculture producers. (Utility Dive)

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POWER PLANTS: A former coal and natural gas plant in Detroit that last operated in 1988 is finally demolished. (Detroit Free Press)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan opinion writer says updates are needed to the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to reduce costs for utility customers. (Detroit News)
• Minnesota’s U.S. senators say a federal program directing $22 million to the state’s farmers will help them install clean energy projects. (Park Rapids Enterprise)
• The head of the Environmental Law and Policy Center highlights banks in the Great Plains region that are investing in solar projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

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