Midwest Energy News

Iowa researchers: ‘Time is running out’ for climate action

CLIMATE: Iowa academic researchers say “time is running out” for the state to take bold action on climate change, such as transitioning to renewable energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• A federal judge puts a temporary stop to a South Dakota anti-riot law that was targeted specifically at pipeline protesters. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• The federal government is contesting North Dakota’s claims that the state should be reimbursed $38 million for the cost of policing Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota oil observers say the state’s producers will help prevent a Saudi Arabia drone strike incident from sending even greater shock waves through global oil markets. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Some analysts worry that U.S. shale production is about to climax and result in bankruptcies, raising concerns about who will clean up abandoned wells. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS:
• President Trump plans to meet with U.S. senators today as he seeks a compromise between ethanol producers and oil refiners over biofuels policy. (Reuters)
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Trump has “verbally agreed” to a biofuels policy that will “give some assurances to the industry moving forward.” (Radio Iowa)

POLICY: Detroit is a city that reflects many of the environmental, economic and social challenges the Green New Deal framework is meant to address. (yes! Magazine)

UTILITIES: Advocates raise concerns that Duke Energy’s announcement to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 masks the utility’s rush to build natural gas. (PV Magazine)

SOLAR: A Purdue University-affiliated startup is awarded $150,000 in state and federal grants for its solar-powered crop-drying devices. (Inside Indiana Business)

GRID: Analysts say proposed changes to grid operator PJM’s capacity market rules will increase costs $8.4 billion annually. (Utility Dive)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Minnesota grant program provides seed funding to cover labor costs for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that spur community development. (Brainerd Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• A Minnesota congressman needs to work with President Trump to permanently remove tariffs and roll back ethanol waivers in order to help farmers, a Minnesota editorial board says. (Mankato Free Press)
• Illinois lawmakers are tasked with taking up bold clean energy legislation to make the state a national leader on climate action, an editorial board says. (Chicago Daily Herald)
• An Ohio editorial board says the “over-the-top demagoguery” in advertisements against a referendum on nuclear subsidies needs to stop. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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