Midwest Energy News

Michigan ballot initiative calls for 30 percent renewables by 2030

COAL: Critics say plans to replace a retired coal plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood with a distribution logistics facility would swap one type of dangerous air pollution for another. (Midwest Energy News)

• A 100-turbine wind project is planned near the Minnesota-Iowa border. (Des Moines Register)
• Clean energy supporters say blocking the Grain Belt Express transmission line through Missouri is causing a bottleneck in the larger effort to move wind energy from Plains states eastward. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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UTILITIES: Utility-backed legislation in Iowa would increase rates and slow solar development there, critics contend. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

RENEWABLES: A ballot initiative in Michigan would require utilities to produce 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (Detroit News)

• A new natural gas plant in western Michigan pumps warm water beneath a section of a city’s downtown that melts snow on the sidewalk during winter months. (MLive)
• A Michigan university is nearly energy self-sufficient with the completion of a new natural gas cogeneration plant. (Michigan Radio)

• Proposed solar regulations for projects at least 10 acres in size move forward in an eastern Minnesota county. (Chisago County Press)
• Milwaukee officials are looking into more opportunities to install solar projects. (WUWM)
• An ongoing series hosted by Michigan State University explores the potential for farmers to lease land for solar projects. (Ionia Sentinel-Standard)

EMISSIONS: North Dakota could benefit from the most recent federal budget bill that expands incentives for carbon capture and storage projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: A home energy program in Indiana includes several design specifications aimed at cutting energy use as part of construction. (Batesville Herald-Tribune)

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GRID: Legislation moves forward in Missouri that would change the way utilities recoup the costs of infrastructure upgrades. (St. Louis Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: An Illinois attorney general candidate says he would closely watch the state’s coal industry to ensure it “complies with appropriate standards.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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