Midwest Energy News

Michigan utility says it will stop using coal by 2040

WIND:
• Proposed legislation in Ohio would ease the state’s restrictive setback requirements for wind turbines, but a rule change by the Ohio Power Siting Board could make getting variances next to impossible. (Midwest Energy News)
• A company says it will comply with state regulators’ orders to address noise complaints near a wind farm in southern Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Michigan-based Consumers Energy announces plans for a 40 percent renewable energy portfolio and 80 percent carbon emissions reduction by 2040, eliminating its coal usage in that time. (Detroit Free Press)
• Illinois advocates launch an initiative with aggressive energy goals in the coming decades while ensuring clean energy benefits extend to ratepayers across the state. (CBS Chicago)

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POLITICS: “Conservative conservationists” are playing a greater role in Ohio politics on a platform that includes more clean energy. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• A Wisconsin court nears a decision on whether Enbridge can triple the capacity of a tar sands oil pipeline that crosses the state. (Madison Capital Times)
• A Wisconsin-based pipeline company involved in recent projects cited for environmental violations is hired to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. (Roanoke Times)

COAL: Analysts expect another wave of coal plant closures in 2018 with as much capacity shut down this year as during the 2015 peak. (Greentech Media)

OIL AND GAS:
• A ballot measure to raise North Dakota’s oil tax is put on hold as leaders say they lack funding. (Forum News Service)
• Consumer advocates hold public informational sessions this week on Minnesota Power’s plans to increase rates to build a new natural gas plant. (Duluth News Tribune)

GRID: Federal regulators allow the Ohio Valley Electric Corp.’s integration into the PJM market over opposition from stakeholders who said the move comes with significant upgrade costs and increased generation oversupply. (RTO Insider)

EFFICIENCY: Six buildings at an Illinois school district rank among the top 25 percent of school buildings nationwide for energy efficiency. (Daily Herald)

NUCLEAR: Utility officials explain why southwest Michigan was an attractive place to build two nuclear plants in the 1960s. (St. Joseph Herald-Palladium)

COMMENTARY: Midwesterners can tout the increasing role wind energy is already playing here as the Clean Power Plan listening tour comes to Kansas City, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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