Midwest Energy News

Midwest utilities to study transmission needs as renewables grow

GRID: Major utilities in the Upper Midwest will study whether the $2 billion CapX2020 transmission project was big enough to meet the region’s growing renewable energy supply. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Automakers take different routes in preparing for the next generation of vehicles, with some betting on fully electric vehicles and others focusing on hybrids. (Detroit News)
• Minnesota officials award grants to install 22 electric vehicle charging stations in cities across the state. (Marshall Independent)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Wisconsin utilities say new technology and transmission upgrades will be needed to meet Gov. Tony Evers’ carbon-free power goal by 2050. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: A whistleblower in North Dakota says a 2015 pipeline leak of natural gas liquids is far bigger than the state officially reports. (DeSmog Blog)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota students help build portable solar-powered lighting systems for families living in a refugee camp in Kenya. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Developers propose a 38-acre solar project in eastern Michigan. (MLive)
• The Chicago suburb of Naperville considers more publicly owned facilities as potential sites to install solar panels. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)

UTILITIES: Long-term integrated resource plans offer U.S. utilities’ predictions of the future, which include increasing competition between renewables and natural gas and decreasing costs for battery storage. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: State officials approve initial plans for coal ash storage sites at a western Indiana coal plant owned by Duke Energy. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

HYDROELECTRIC: The University of Notre Dame and the city of South Bend, Indiana, break ground on a 2.5 MW hydroelectric facility on the St. Joseph River. (Inside Indiana Business)

PIPELINES: Dozens rally outside of an Enbridge office in Minnesota against the company’s Line 3 replacement project, prompting the office to close for the day. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• State officials will hold a public hearing next month on a planned 200 MW wind project in northern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• South Dakota surpasses 1,000 MW of installed wind capacity with more projects in the pipeline. (KELO)

COMMENTARY:
• The chairman of the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum says wind energy brings badly needed jobs and revenue to rural areas. (Nebraska City News-Press)
• A $7.4 million federal grant could make the University of Toledo a national leader in solar research and innovation, an Ohio editorial board writes. (Toledo Blade)

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