Midwest Energy News

Minnesota city completes state’s largest municipal solar project

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: The closing of a waste incinerator in Detroit is a victory for activists who say the facility’s air pollution unfairly burdened a majority Black neighborhood. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: Natural gas peaker plants may be the first casualties of a new Minnesota law requiring utilities to include energy storage as part of their long-range plans. (Energy News Network)

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• A first-term state senator from Michigan wants the state to be a leader on electric vehicle infrastructure to capitalize on economic and climate change benefits. (Energy News Network)
• Automakers plan a slate of new electric vehicle models that will be a departure from standard compact designs. (Detroit News)

• A Twin Cities suburb completes the largest municipal solar project in the state. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Canadian solar panel manufacturer Heliene shifts operations to northern Minnesota in reaction to U.S. tariffs. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A southern Illinois solar group-buying program expands outreach to include more members. (Edwardsville Intelligencer)
• A Nebraska utility approves new rates for a community solar program. (NTV)

UTILITIES: A federal court rules in favor of union workers at a western Pennsylvania coal plant who claimed FirstEnergy Solutions committed unfair labor practice with a recent contract. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

BIOFUELS: An association representing oil refineries launches advertising in four Midwestern swing states criticizing President Trump’s move to expand the use of ethanol in gasoline. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: A proposed clean energy ballot initiative in Columbus, Ohio, would use $57 million in city money for wind and solar incentives for residents. (Columbus Dispatch)

EMISSIONS: A growing number of Great Lakes ports keep detailed inventories of greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the industry’s climate impact. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

WIND: State regulators will hold a public hearing this month on plans for a 77-turbine wind project in northeastern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

BIOGAS: Nebraska regulators give the operator of a biogas plant an additional 60 days before a decision is reached on whether to close the troubled plant. (Sioux City Journal)

• Minnesota researchers say rural solar projects can be designed to reduce runoff into lakes and rivers, provide habitat for pollinators and raise livestock. (St. Croix Watershed Research Station)
• The president and CEO of the Port of Cleveland says a proposed offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie has been “studied nearly to death” by multiple agencies that have found little environmental impact. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• A Minnesota author’s latest travel memoir serves as a warning about climate change impacts and what we can do about it. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Iowa lawmaker says state House and Senate leaders should prioritize climate change and clean energy as they set priorities ahead of the 2020 session. (Des Moines Register)

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