Midwest Energy News

Keystone XL pipeline fully subscribed, though hurdles remain

PIPELINES: TransCanada says its Keystone XL pipeline is fully subscribed for potential shipments, though hurdles remain before construction can begin. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR: A small Iowa city moves closer to energy independence with the completion of a 1.87-megawatt solar array. (Midwest Energy News)

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• A western Illinois city considers selling 17 acres at a business park for a solar project. (Tri-States Public Radio)
• Minnesota ranks third in the nation in funding commercial solar projects through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. (pv Magazine)
Vectren Corp. plans to complete two solar projects totaling 4 MW in southwest Indiana by the year’s end. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• A community college in Illinois will build a 2 MW solar project on campus, anticipating up to $30,000 a year in electricity savings. (Champaign News-Gazette)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin frac sand producers face increased competition from Texas, though some companies are still willing to pay for Wisconsin’s “high-quality sand.” (Wisconsin Public Radio)

BIOENERGY: A 15th lawsuit is filed against a waste-to-energy facility in northeast Nebraska as homeowners claim the plant damaged their homes and caused health problems. (Sioux City Journal)

• DTE Energy secures easements from more than 100 landowners for a potential wind project in south-central Michigan. (WOOD-TV)
• The head of an Oklahoma wind energy group flatly denies accusations from a state lawmaker that someone from the industry is spying on him. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Kansas City Power & Light and Westar Energy plan to pass on to customers 100 percent of their savings under the new federal tax bill, which totals about $165 million a year. (Kansas City Business Journal)

COAL: Federal regulators reject a challenge by the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency over grid operator PJM’s capacity rules the agency said would disadvantage coal-plant owners. (RTO Insider)

CLEAN ENERGY: A $200,000 grant will help a Cleveland suburb with plans for EV charging stations, solar panels and LED streetlights. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OVERSIGHT: Before federal regulators rejected a FirstEnergy plan to sell a West Virginia coal plant, a company lawyer attempted to communicate with a federal regulator on the decision. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: A columnist questions conservative support for clean energy in Ohio, as well as the conservative credentials of a group with chapters in several Midwest states. (Washington Examiner)

CORRECTION: An item in yesterday’s digest referring to a proposed 200 MW wind farm in Illinois contained an incorrect link. The story can be found here.

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