Midwest Energy News

Milwaukee unveils plans for city’s largest solar project

SOLAR: After years of disputes over net metering, Iowa solar advocates and the state’s largest utility find common ground in a proposal that would preserve payments to solar customers and call for a value of solar study. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Milwaukee officials announce plans for the city’s largest solar project, which will be built in partnership with We Energies. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• MidAmerican Energy would lease land from Iowa City for a 3 MW solar project in a deal negotiated as part of the city’s climate action plan. (KCRG)
• A clean energy advocacy group reopens applications for a program that helps Wisconsin nonprofits install solar. (WAOW)
• Developers pitch plans to the community for a 50 MW solar project in southern Wisconsin. (Janesville Gazette)

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COAL:
• The Indiana Senate passes its version of a bill that would require regulatory approval for coal plant closures, though it is less favorable to plant owners than a House version passed last month. (Bloomberg, subscription)
• Activists gather in southern Indiana to call for the closure of Vectren coal plants and a transition to clean energy. (The Shield)

TRANSMISSION: Public meetings are scheduled this month for a proposed underground transmission line that would move wind energy 350 miles from Iowa to Chicago. (Bellevue Herald-Leader, previous Energy News Network coverage here)

NATURAL GAS:
• Lawmakers and consumer advocates call for ending an Illinois law that allows utilities to add surcharges to customer bills for funding infrastructure improvements. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Residents raise concerns over We Energies’ plan for a 46-mile natural gas pipeline in southeastern Wisconsin. (WUWM)

NUCLEAR: The Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio is taken offline for routine refueling and maintenance, the first since the plant was bailed out by lawmakers last year. (Toledo Blade)

BIOFUELS: A California company sells its stake in two Nebraska ethanol plants as part of a $52.8 million deal. (NTV)

COMMENTARY:
• The rush to build natural gas capacity poses tens of billions of dollars of financial risk to utility investors, say officials with a climate policy think tank. (Forbes)
• A Kansas state representative says lawmakers should “maximize our opportunities” to take action on climate change. (Shawnee Mission Post)

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