Midwest Energy News

Iowa utility says it’s on the verge of 100 percent wind energy

WIND: MidAmerican Energy announces a 591 MW wind project in Iowa that will get the company to its goal of achieving wind-energy capacity equal to 100 percent of customers’ energy use by 2021. (Des Moines Register)

ALSO:
• Alliant Energy wants to build a 150 MW wind farm in Iowa to provide power to its Wisconsin customers. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A wind farm project in central Kansas draws hundreds of construction workers to area motels, homes, and campgrounds. (Peabody Gazette-Bulletin)

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EFFICIENCY:
• Iowa utilities have less than six weeks to revise energy efficiency plans to reflect a new state law capping spending. (Midwest Energy News)
• St. Paul leaders launch a voluntary city initiative to help building owners track and reduce energy use. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups sue Dynegy for leaving a “toxic mess on the banks of one of Illinois’ most beautiful rivers.” (Chicago Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicles startups are retooling former auto plants in Indiana and Illinois to manufacture electric vehicles. (South Bend Tribune, CleanTechnica)
• Omaha Public Power District plans to announce an electric vehicle pilot program next month that will include education and incentives. (T&D World)
• One in five American drivers say their next vehicle is likely to be an electric car, according to a recent survey by AAA. (MLive)

NATURAL GAS: Clean energy groups appeal Michigan regulators’ approval of a $1 billion DTE Energy natural gas power plant project. (Times Herald)

NUCLEAR: A federal court’s decision upholding nuclear power subsidies in Illinois could embolden other states to pursue similar programs. (Platts)

PIPELINES:
• TransCanada is showering Nebraska public officials with campaign cash as it seeks approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• An environmental group’s report says Michigan reaps little benefit but all of the risk from the aging Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)
• A judge dismisses a complaint by North Dakota regulators against a pipeline security company accused of operating without a license. (Associated Press)

POLICY: A conservative think tank says Ohio should not pick winners and losers by creating subsidies for clean energy. (WKSU)

SOLAR: The Illinois General Assembly passes a pollinator-friendly solar bill that encourages solar farms to incorporate bee and butterfly habitat. (WMBD)

TRANSMISSION: A Wisconsin appeals court says state regulators were right to approve a pair of high-voltage power line projects. (LaCrosse Tribune)

SMART METERS: Ameren will upgrade more than 63,000 gas and electric meters in Central Illinois. (Herald & Review)

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ETHANOL:
• Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley says it’s probably too late for the EPA to approve year-round use of E15 in time to offer it this summer. (WNAX)
• A delegation from southeast Asia tours Nebraska ethanol plants. (Nebraska Radio Network)

COMMENTARY: DTE Energy failed to justify the $1 billion price tag for building a new natural gas plant, says a coalition of clean energy groups. (Vote Solar)

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