Midwest Energy News

Michigan utility proposes $7.5 million EV pilot program

COGENERATION: Midwest advocates look to reform standby charges in multiple states as a way to bring more combined heat and power projects online. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consumers Energy files plans for a three-year, $7.5 million electric vehicle infrastructure pilot program in Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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PIPELINES: The Minnesota Senate passes a bill that would allow Enbridge to build its Line 3 expansion project, bypassing the typical process. (Minnesota Public Radio)

• Minnesota solar installers say they are struggling to keep up with demand due to a lack of labor. (MinnPost)
• A 1 MW solar project at an airport in Pierre, South Dakota, has at times exceeded generation expectations. (Pierre Capital Journal)
• Plans move forward for a 10 MW solar project at a former landfill in northwestern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)
• City officials in Madison, Wisconsin, renew a program that provides loans and rebates to residents and businesses who install solar panels. (WKOW)
• A new IKEA store in Wisconsin has one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the state. (Milwaukee Daily Reporter)

• Ohio Senate Republicans draft legislation to ease restrictive wind development rules and restore renewable energy standards. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• DTE Energy says a Michigan township’s new wind zoning regulations would prevent development there. (MLive)

FRAC SAND: Advocates oppose a company’s effort to reinstate a permit for a Wisconsin frac sand operation that would allow it to fill in 16 acres of wetlands. (La Crosse Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: The Bakken shale oil play continues to rebound after an oil price collapse that started in 2014. (Forbes)

COAL: An Ohio judge affirms local officials’ decision to deny permits for a company looking to develop a new coal mine. (Athens News)

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COMMENTARY: An analysis commissioned by environmental groups says Dynegy-Vistra coal plants in southern and central Illinois are not needed to maintain adequate electricity supply. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

CORRECTION: North Dakota natural gas production hit a record high in March as oil production declined. An item in Wednesday’s digest incorrectly described the trends.

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