Midwest Energy News

Midwest transmission project highlights challenges for grid operator 

GRID: A new 100-mile transmission line meant to move wind energy from Iowa and Missouri may relieve grid congestion in one area but worsen it elsewhere. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: More regional transmission projects are needed to bring renewable energy online and help states and cities meet clean energy goals, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

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EFFICIENCY:
A new Minneapolis ordinance takes effect requiring an energy efficiency score on homes for sale. (Southwest Journal)
• Low-income residents need better access to home weatherization programs to avoid health risks and to lower their energy burden, a University of Michigan researcher says. (WEMU)
• Local governments in Michigan are making more energy efficiency improvements for municipal operations, according to a new University of Michigan survey. (WLNS)

OVERSIGHT:
• The early departure of a Wisconsin utility regulator next month gives Gov. Tony Evers a chance to appoint someone who supports solar policies. (Utility Dive)
• The group of candidates applying for a five-year term on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio includes a current commissioner and nine challengers. (Ohio Capital Journal)

POLICY: Environmental groups criticize a Republican clean energy bill in Minnesota, saying it creates loopholes and defines waste-to-energy as “clean.” (Rochester Post Bulletin)

COAL: Indiana Republicans continue efforts to prop up aging coal plants as thousands of megawatts of coal are poised to shut down in the coming years. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects 61,000 MW of renewables to come online through 2021, replacing capacity from retiring coal plants. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors has a purchase agreement for vacant land next to its former Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio for a battery factory. (Detroit Free Press)

CLIMATE: Minnesota lawmakers hold a climate change forum in St. Cloud, previewing policy proposals from both parties in the upcoming session. (St. Cloud Times)

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WIND: Kansas will issue new personalized license plates that highlight the state’s role as a leader in wind energy. (Hutchinson News)

COMMENTARY: Illinois lawmakers working on new statewide energy legislation should include key aspects of the Clean Energy Jobs Act to keep electricity rates from rising after a recent order from federal regulators. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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