Midwest Energy News

Minneapolis adopts 100 percent renewable energy goal

Correction: An earlier version of this digest contained an incorrect link for coverage of the city of Minneapolis’ renewable energy goals. Read about them here

RENEWABLES: Minneapolis sets goals to run on 100 percent renewable energy for city operations by 2022 and citywide by 2030. (Twin Cities Business)

• A bill to scale back utility energy efficiency programs is likely to reach Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Detroit program teaches property owners how to cut their electricity and water use in half. (Associated Press)

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• Developers plan to transform a former coal plant in Northwest Indiana into a massive data center and tech startup incubator. (Midwest Energy News)
• A southern Illinois community feels the economic impact after Foresight Energy closes a coal mine. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Michigan regulators approve DTE Energy’s plan for a 1,100 MW natural gas plant despite some groups’ support for clean energy alternatives. (Midwest Energy News)
• Superior, Wisconsin firefighters discuss their response to last week’s oil refinery explosion. Officials say the community is “getting back to normal.” (Minnesota Public Radio, Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Environmental groups are torn over the closing of nuclear plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio and the implications for increasing emissions. (WSKG)

UTILITIES: Advocates raise concerns over utility efforts to scale back the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). (Michigan Radio)

• A southwestern Illinois county looks to expand a solar group-buying program. (Alton Telegraph)
• Illinois farmers turn to solar installations to reduce electricity costs. (Jacksonville Journal-Courier)

EMISSIONS: Officials in southeastern Ohio look to clarify questions about a carbon fee ballot initiative that appears before voters next week. (Athens News)

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• Enbridge agrees to reduce the pressure of Line 5 after the pipeline was damaged this month in an anchor strike. (MLive)
• A North Dakota judge refuses to dismiss a complaint that an out-of-state company operated illegally during Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan conservation group spokesperson says the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a cautionary tale for the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)

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