Midwest Energy News

Michigan regulators approve utility’s plan to phase out coal

ADVOCACY: As a Wisconsin consumer advocacy group marks its 40th anniversary, its customer-driven focus increasingly aligns with clean energy goals. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• Michigan regulators approve Consumers Energy’s long-term integrated resource plan that will phase out remaining coal plants by 2040 and rely more on renewables. (Associated Press)
• Members of a Minnesota electric cooperative push back against its CEO receiving a $1.9 million bonus. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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SMART GRID: Utilities are increasingly investing in telecom infrastructure to support the deployment of smart grid technology. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer creates a task force to study propane delivery alternatives for the Upper Peninsula. (Detroit News)
• Enbridge pipeline permitting delays in Minnesota and Michigan are the latest setbacks causing severe congestion to move oil out of Alberta, Canada. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says state lawmakers’ attempt to eliminate clean energy standards is an “appalling example of how might makes right and to hell with what’s best for the people.” (Toledo Blade)

CLEAN TECH: A plan to open a clean energy technology training center in Minneapolis stalls. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: The closing of an Upper Peninsula coal plant in Michigan is part of its former owner’s long-term plan to achieve zero carbon emissions. (Marquette Mining Journal)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. Department of Energy rolls out a research project aimed at increasing access to solar power for low- and middle-income families. (E&E News, subscription)
• Minnesota school districts and local governments decrease energy costs by subscribing to community solar projects. (Inforum)
• Madison, Wisconsin, invests more than $1 million in rural solar projects across the state. (WKOW)
• New solar programs in Illinois and Indiana expand options for customers. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)
• A solar project in southwestern Ohio that includes pollinator habitat was eight years in the making by a solar company and nature experts. (Dayton Daily News)

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WIND: Residents who opposed a wind project in southwestern Iowa say their concerns are being confirmed as construction begins. (KCCI)

COMMENTARY:
• A Wisconsin editorial board criticizes We Energies for attempting to impose fees on customers with solar panels. (Racine Journal Times)
• National business trade groups are increasingly at odds with members that are taking strong stances on climate change action. (Vox)
• An Ohio columnist says a bill to subsidize two nuclear plants “has so many nooks and crannies it calls to mind Thomas’ English Muffins.” (Columbus Dispatch)

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