Midwest Energy News

Iowa Republicans have backup plan for cutting energy efficiency programs

COAL:
• Critics say federal and state regulators, as well as a government-owned utility, are not doing enough to address safety and environmental concerns at Illinois’ most productive coal mine. (Midwest Energy News)
• A public forum tonight in southeastern Wisconsin will discuss the potential health impacts of a nearby We Energies coal plant. (Racine Journal Times)

POLITICS: Michigan conservatives are actively supporting renewable energy, focusing on declining costs and opening the market to third-party developers. (Midwest Energy News)

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EFFICIENCY: Senate Republicans in Iowa are working on another bill to scale back energy efficiency programs out of concern that a similar bill in the House will be “bogged down.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge spent more than $5 million last year lobbying Minnesota officials to back its Line 3 replacement and expansion project. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Federal officials say legal challenges to the Dakota Access pipeline are stalling completion of a required environmental study. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• A developer is exploring the potential for a 300 megawatt wind project in western North Dakota. (Minot Daily News)
• A Missouri utility responds to state regulators’ concerns over its $1.5 billion plan to expand its wind energy portfolio. (Joplin Globe)
• Neighbors in northwestern Nebraska are “verbally clashing” over wind energy development. (The Fence Post)

SOLAR:
• Opposition grows against planned net metering changes in Michigan. (pv Magazine)
• South Dakota regulators will study the potential effects of a utility-scale solar project within a five-mile radius. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A Michigan city participates in a $5 million Department of Energy competition to make solar more accessible to low-income households. (Ann Arbor Concentrate)

RENEWABLES: Polling commissioned by the Sierra Club shows growing support in swing states, including Ohio and Michigan, for 100 percent renewable energy policies. (The Hill)

OIL AND GAS: A new report says Ohio tops the Gulf Coast in oil and gas potential, which backers hope will draw attention to the region’s rapid growth. (Columbus Dispatch)

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EMISSIONS: A combined cycle natural gas plant and clean energy efforts are helping a Michigan city reach its carbon-reduction goals. (Holland Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: Analysts say growing evidence shows integrating variable sources like wind and solar benefit the grid and doesn’t jeopardize reliability. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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