Midwest Energy News

Michigan’s largest solar project under construction

SOLAR: The number of customers seeking to connect solar panels in eastern Kansas plunged in 2019 after the region’s utility placed a new fee on solar customers. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Residents in a mid-Michigan county are divided over a proposed 850-acre solar project. (Michigan Radio)
• Michigan’s largest solar project is under construction in the eastern part of the state. (WNEM)

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CLIMATE: Overall U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped about 2% in 2019, driven by a nearly 10% decline from the power sector. (InsideClimate News)

OIL & GAS:
• More than 1,000 barrels of brine and oil spilled in North Dakota after a power outage caused equipment failure. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A company hopes to use carbon dioxide from Montana to extract more oil from aging wells in North Dakota. (Williston Herald)

UTILITIES:
• Omaha Public Power District officials say technologies like battery storage and carbon capture will likely be needed to hit the utility’s net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. (NET News)
• A highly anticipated ruling next month on DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan hinges on the support of two new regulators appointed last year. (Utility Dive)

GRID: A 96-mile transmission line that will help move additional renewable energy is energized in northeastern Missouri. (Kirksville Daily Express)

POLICY: Bills addressing electric vehicle registration fees and homeowners associations’ authority over solar installations are pending in Indiana. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

WIND:
• Municipalities in southwestern Indiana are divided over zoning regulations that would permit a commercial wind project. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Attempts to limit wind energy development in Ohio leave the state among the worst in the U.S. for renewable energy production. (Truthout)

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EFFICIENCY: Two Minnesota cities last year joined a growing national movement that requires large building owners to disclose their energy consumption. (Finance & Commerce)

COMMENTARY:
Minnesota climate activists call on the state government to divest pensions from fossil fuel industries. (MinnPost)
• Clean energy advocates say pro-environment governors who took office in the Midwest last year will help reduce overall U.S. carbon emissions. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The recent migration of debris in the Straits of Mackinac highlights the risks of maintaining a pipeline there, an editorial board says. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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