Midwest Energy News

MacArthur and Exelon lay out an action plan on climate

CLIMATE: In a joint op-ed, the president of the MacArthur Foundation and the CEO of Exelon Corporation, both based in Chicago, propose four priorities to fight climate change — including nuclear power. (Time) Disclosure: The MacArthur Foundation is a major funder of the Energy News Network.

ALSO: Candidates for an Indiana U.S. Senate seat largely evade a question about climate change at a recent debate. (Journal Gazette)

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A recent Michigan regulatory ruling offers good news and bad news for independent power producers in the state. (Energy News Network)
Xcel Energy seeks to expand its renewable energy program to Wisconsin customers. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

GEOTHERMAL: An Illinois utility offers new incentives for geothermal installations, and a project at a historic Chicago temple is an example of how the technology can be beneficial in urban areas. (Energy News Network)

North Dakota oil production is setting new records, but the state still lacks the capacity to process all of the natural gas it produces. (Bismarck Tribune)
The Ohio Supreme Court rejects an anti-fracking initiative proposed for Columbus, Ohio; another measure is on the ballot in Youngstown for the eighth time. (Columbus Dispatch, Youngstown Vindicator)
Ohio residents work to stop fracking wastewater from being imported into their state from Pennsylvania. (Alleghany Front)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court will hear a case in which North Dakota landowners say they were underpaid for easements for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

In an effort to encourage pollinator habitat, a Minnesota utility says it will be the first in the country to require disclosure of what type of vegetation will be used at solar sites. (Utility Dive)
Minnesota advocates praise new incentives to encourage residential participation in community solar projects. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND: A Michigan township approves new rules that would allow larger wind turbines. (Daily Mining Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates in Indiana highlight the importance of efficiency programs for minority households, who are disproportionately impacted by energy costs. (News and Tribune)

Four new high-speed electric vehicle charging stations will be installed along Interstate 80 in Nebraska. (Lincoln Journal-Star)
Despite talk of an electric future, automakers continue to focus on large trucks and SUVs. (InsideClimate News)

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GRID: An Illinois utility is spending $65 million on grid upgrades in the St. Louis area. (St. Louis Business Journal)

A Minnesota utility executive says the company’s proposed new natural gas plant is critical for transitioning to a cleaner energy system. (Duluth News Tribune)
Chicago’s first sustainability officer highlights the progress Illinois has made in fighting climate change. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
The Toledo Blade editorial blade says we should not delay on implementing tougher efficiency standards for cars.

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