Midwest Energy News

Midwest utilities lead with renewable energy goals

CLEAN ENERGY: Energy efficiency investments have allowed a southeastern Michigan congregation of Dominican Sisters to invest in renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES:
• Multiple Midwest utilities’ renewable energy pledges in 2018 make the region a leader in the clean energy transition. (InsideClimate News)
• Clean energy advocates say 2018 was a historic year in Wisconsin as major utilities made large commitments to renewable energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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SOLAR:
• Southwestern Wisconsin residents are divided over plans for a 300 MW solar project. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Xcel Energy and solar advocates are at odds over the costs of the state’s mandated community solar program. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Clarity in state policy should spur solar development in Wisconsin from third parties, advocates say. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoes a bill with near-unanimous support from the Legislature that would have clarified tax exemptions for residential and commercial solar installations. (MLive)
• Minnesota is set for a second consecutive year of strong solar energy growth. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND:
• Upgrades begin this month to an Iowa wind project that will improve turbine performance and generate more electricity. (Mason City Globe Gazette)
• Purchasing power from a new wind project will help a Missouri utility reach its 40 percent renewable energy goal. (Springfield Business Journal)
• A planned 202 MW wind project in central Illinois changes ownership, though construction is expected to start this year. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

GRID: Dayton Power and Light in Ohio seeks approval of a $576 million grid modernization plan to prepare for the integration of electric vehicles and distributed generation. (Dayton Business Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Over the last three years, 14 states have enacted annual fees for electric vehicles to make up for lost gasoline tax revenue. (Governing Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline developer misses a year-end deadline to plant thousands of trees in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• A North Dakota lawmaker backs legislation meant to deter activists from damaging critical infrastructure following pipeline protests in the state. (Bismarck Tribune)

BIOFUELS: County officials in southeastern South Dakota approve plans for a $200 million ethanol plant. (KYNT)

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OIL & GAS:
• Ohio is now in the top five U.S. states for recoverable shale natural gas reserves. (Dayton Business Journal)
• Questions over oil and gas mineral ownership beneath a North Dakota lake will likely resurface this year among state lawmakers. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators fine DTE Energy $840,000 over improper power shut-offs to customers and billing practices. (Associated Press)

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