Midwest Energy News

Michigan utility approves 100 percent renewable goal by 2040

RENEWABLES: A northern Michigan utility is the first in the state to set a 100 percent renewable energy goal, to be met by 2040. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

WIND:
• Officials in two Missouri counties say they plan to deny permits to the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project despite a state Supreme Court ruling limiting their ability to do so. (Energy News Network)
• A North Dakota lawmaker looks to change how wind energy tax revenue is distributed so a portion would go to the state. (Bismarck Tribune)

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OIL AND GAS: Experts say Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to capture most methane leaks while also adding millions of dollars to the state’s economy. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• A Chicago company in negotiations to buy a large Arizona coal plant says it would run the plant at less than half of its existing capacity to make it economical. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
• St. Louis-based Peabody Energy asked the federal government to ease environmental rules and guarantee customers as it also tried to save the Arizona plant. (E&E News, subscription)
• Electric customers in Appalachia face higher rates as Ohio utility AEP subsidiaries continue to rely on coal. (InsideClimate News)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin appeals court rejects landowners’ attempt to stop a proposed frac sand operation but opens the door to future challenges. (LaCrosse Tribune)

LOBBYING: An Indiana lawmaker says a disagreement between electric utilities and oil producers led the American Legislative Exchange Council to reject a draft policy opposing subsidies for vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

STORAGE: Grid operator MISO offers more details on how energy storage resources would be available on the wholesale market. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Labor groups raise concerns over proposed bonuses for FirstEnergy workers who would oversee the shutdown of nuclear reactors. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES: Researchers say the environmental and economic impacts of an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac would vary by season. (9and10 News)

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POLICY: A federal appeals court upholds $1.3 million in attorneys fees awarded to North Dakota following a legal dispute over a Minnesota renewable energy law. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A columnist in Massachusetts says red-state Kansas’ “bottom-line pragmatism” on wind energy is a “more potent driver of renewable energy than our own brand of principled idealism.” (WBUR)

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