Midwest Energy News

Iowa lawmakers welcome resignation of EPA head Scott Pruitt

POLITICS:
• Iowa officials and the biofuels industry welcome the news of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. (Radio Iowa)
• Observers say Pruitt’s replacement, former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, will likely continue a similar policy agenda. (Utility Dive)

COAL: A recent decision by federal regulators on grid operator PJM’s capacity market has potential to alter U.S. climate efforts. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
Kansas City airport officials, a southern Minnesota city, and an Ohio housing cooperative all look to solar as a way to decrease energy costs. (KSHB, Mankato Free Press, Kent Record-Courier)
• Minnesota electric cooperatives are helping ratepayers save money on solar projects. (WCCO)
• Some local officials in central Illinois are concerned about plans for a solar project on seven or eight acres near a residential subdivision. (State Journal-Register)
• Some residents raise concerns about relocating a 1 MW solar project in southern Minnesota. (Tribune News Service)
• Residents in eastern Indiana speak out against plans to scale back solar compensation rates. (Richmond Palladium-Item)

WIND: Despite expiring tax credits and opposition from some residents, Minnesota’s wind industry “shows no signs of slowing down in the breezy southwestern part of the state.” (Finance & Commerce)

POWER PLANTS: Iowa and Nebraska utilities worry federal policies to support coal and nuclear plants could cost customers. (Omaha World-Herald)

EFFICIENCY: County officials in northern Ohio pursue low-interest loans for energy efficiency projects. (Fremont News Messenger)

PIPELINES: Officials say a fatigue crack caused last year’s rupture of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)

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GRID: MISO expands its regional borders to include 100 companies that were registered in the Southwest Power Pool. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS: A North Dakota county looks to use produced water from oil fields to help control dust on gravel roads. (Associated Press)

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