Midwest Energy News

Iowa electric co-op plans largest solar project in the state

SOLAR: An Iowa electric cooperative plans a 100 MW solar project, set to be the largest in the state. (Radio Iowa)

• A planned solar project at an eastern Illinois landfill is up for a vote by local officials tonight. (Illinois Public Media)
• Nearly $500,000 in solar grants for Wisconsin nonprofits is expected to result in more than $4.5 million in new solar investment. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• An increasing number of Illinois communities pursue a designation that streamlines solar development. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)

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• An unnamed customer in central Minnesota seeks an agreement with Xcel Energy to buy power from a 150 MW wind project in South Dakota. (Energy News Network)
• A company will soon collect weather data at a site in northeastern Nebraska to see whether it’s suitable for a wind project. (Norfolk Daily News)

FRAC SAND: Developers have spent millions of dollars filling Wisconsin wetlands for under-used train loading facilities to move frac sand. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• North Dakota landowners who sued the Dakota Access pipeline developer over land easements lose their appeal. (Associated Press)
• An agreement between the state of Michigan and Enbridge to build a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac for Line 5 may preempt a potential lawsuit by the incoming attorney general. (Detroit News)
• Dozens of Republican lawmakers push President Trump to save the Keystone XL pipeline after a court ruling last month blocked construction. (The Hill)

RENEWABLES: An on-site microgrid with vertical wind energy structures and solar panels are included at a new net zero energy trucking terminal near Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• North Dakota oil and gas production — as well as flaring — reached record highs in October. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A company is likely unable to resume discharging oil and gas wastewater into an Ohio water treatment facility. (Youngstown Vindicator)

MICROGRIDS: A ComEd microgrid project looks to revive the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. (Medill Reports Chicago)

UTILITIES: Minnesota utilities have varying renewable energy and carbon-reduction goals in the coming years. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

BIOENERGY: A $30 million biogas facility under construction in eastern Iowa faces new allegations from state officials related to stormwater permits. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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SMART METERS: Iowa utility officials say some customers have misconceptions that smart meters collect data on activity within a home or business and allow utilities access to equipment. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: The Union of Concerned Scientists says Xcel Energy’s setting an ambitious carbon-reduction goal is one thing, “implementing it can be tricky.”

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