Midwest Energy News

Michigan poised to triple solar energy capacity under settlement

SOLAR: Michigan regulators approve a settlement between Consumers Energy and solar developers that’s poised to triple the state’s solar capacity in four years. (Greentech Media)

• The head of an Ohio solar company sees some benefit to the state’s nuclear and coal subsidies: higher electric bills will make the cost of installing solar more economical by comparison. (WOSU)
• Officials in Madison, Wisconsin, continue finding locations to install rooftop solar to meet the city’s renewable energy targets. (Badger Herald)
• A Wisconsin school district considers solar project proposals that could offset half of two schools’ energy use. (Wisconsin Dells Events)

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• U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley expresses frustration that the ethanol debate is an “Iowa discussion” when several other corn-growing states have a stake in the issue. (Quad-City Times)
• White House officials pressure biofuel companies to take a deal by the end of the week that increases biofuel blending mandates. (Reuters)
• Oil refinery advocates plan to rally in Toledo today to urge President Trump not to amend federal biofuel policy that could hurt small refiners in the region. (Toledo Blade)

• Of the 26 states that impose or are considering fees on electric vehicles to cover road funding costs, 11 charge more for EVs than owners of traditional gasoline cars, according to Consumer Reports. (CNBC)
• Analysts expect rising fees to discourage EV ownership. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: The U.S. Department of Energy partners with Xcel Energy and FirstEnergy Solutions to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored for various uses. (Associated Press)

COAL: Illinois regulators take public comment on how the state should regulate coal ash under new state laws. (WMBD)

OHIO: A petition circulator supporting a referendum on Ohio’s nuclear subsidies says he was assaulted outside of a library by a woman from the opposing side. (Columbus Dispatch)

• A civic center in Rapid City, South Dakota, reaches a deal with its utility to be powered entirely by wind energy. (KOTA)
• A Minnesota company is selected to build a $740 million, 500 MW wind project in Colorado. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota says federal climate policy should be both “push” and “pull,” the latter of which is being done in progressive states to make more rapid progress. (Inforum)

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