Midwest Energy News

Michigan regulators tackle unprecedented solar backlog

GRID: Some parts of the Midwest will require new transmission to support renewable energy development while smart grid options are less risky and more flexible in other areas. (Energy News Network)

• Michigan regulators seek input on new statewide interconnection rules, which they hope will reduce an unprecedented backlog of solar projects waiting to be built. (MiBiz)
• A Minnesota energy expert says economics is driving the state’s shift toward wind and solar. (Marshall Independent)

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• Local officials in eastern Michigan consider plans today for a 239 MW solar project, the largest proposed project in the state. (MLive)
• State regulators take public comment this week on a proposed 300 MW solar project in southwestern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A solar group-buying program has helped nearly 500 property owners in four Midwest states install a total of 3.8 MW of solar. (Solar Power World)
• Madison College in Wisconsin completes the installation of a 1.4 MW rooftop solar array. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• Leaders from various faith communities gather in suburban Chicago to discuss the benefits of solar power. (Wilmette Beacon)

TRANSMISSION: Even if a controversial transmission project between Iowa and Wisconsin is not built, Midwestern utility customers could be on the hook for some of the incurred costs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

FRAC SAND: Local planning officials in western Wisconsin will continue to study other counties’ regulations on frac sand mining. (LaCrosse Tribune)

WIND: Construction is expected to start this summer on a large wind project in northeastern Missouri. (KTVO)

PIPELINES: A federal judge dismisses claims that Greenpeace was running a criminal enterprise to damage a company, which could have implications for a similar case involving the Dakota Access pipeline developer. (InsideClimate News)

COAL: An Indiana utility seeks to boost its coal inventory at a southern Indiana plant but is facing transportation challenges. (Platts)

TRANSPORTATION: Tribes will now be allowed to access a pool of funds from the Volkswagen settlement to pay for clean vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

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BIOFUELS: A company invests $8.5 million to make a South Dakota ethanol plant run more efficiently. (Watertown Public Opinion)

COMMENTARY: Officials with Ceres and the University of Michigan say Michigan’s new governor and lawmakers should take steps to boost the state’s electric vehicle market. (Bridge Magazine)

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