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)

RENEWABLES:
• 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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SOLAR:
• 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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