Midwest Energy News

MidAmerican plans nearly $1 billion Iowa wind investment

WIND: MidAmerican Energy plans an additional $922 million wind energy investment in Iowa to help reach a 100 percent renewable energy goal. (Cherokee Chronicle Times)

ALSO: County officials deny special use permits for a proposed 70-turbine wind project near Bismarck, North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

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SOLAR: A state lottery in Illinois will decide in the coming weeks which solar projects come online with the help of tax credits. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

EFFICIENCY:
• A proposed ordinance in Madison, Wisconsin, would limit the use of certain air conditioners to reduce energy use and emissions. (Madison Capital Times)
• Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium uses an energy monitoring dashboard to manage its peak demand and reduce energy usage. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Researchers in Michigan map optimal locations for fast-charging electric vehicle stations. (MiBiz)

PIPELINES: A federal judge allows four tribes to challenge a recent conclusion that a Dakota Access pipeline spill wouldn’t unfairly affect them. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: U.S. carbon emissions rose 3.4 percent in 2018 despite a record number of coal plant closures. (New York Times)

OIL & GAS:
• Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill to enhance safety at underground natural gas storage sites. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota officials expect oil prices to increase and drive additional state revenue. (Associated Press)

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POLICY: Illinois Congressman Sean Casten declines a position on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, saying he is skeptical of “pie-in-the-sky” proposals that wouldn’t get support from Republicans. (E&E News)

COAL: A western Michigan municipal utility expects to burn about 20 percent less coal this year ahead of a planned shutdown in 2020. (Platts)

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