Midwest Energy News

Minnesota clean energy goal faces uncertain future in Senate

POLICY: The Minnesota House passes an omnibus energy bill calling for 100 percent carbon-free power production by 2050, though the bill faces an uncertain future in the Republican-held Senate. (PV Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: Engineering experts discuss ways building owners can achieve net zero emissions through energy efficiency and renewables. (Energy News Network)

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• Efforts to stop an Indiana utility from closing coal plants aren’t going the way the industry had hoped as economics point to more renewables. (InsideClimate News)
• A county board in Wisconsin votes unanimously against allowing a We Energies coal plant to increase its daily maximum discharge of mercury into Lake Michigan. (WUWM)

• The Dakota Access pipeline’s developer bought dozens of website URLs in 2017 it feared opponents would use to discredit its projects. (Huffington Post)
• A broken pipeline that spilled an undetermined amount of diesel fuel into a southwestern Minnesota river may have been intentionally damaged. (West Central Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Known for its commitment to wind power, MidAmerican Energy is leading the effort in Iowa to dismantle solar net metering and challenge an industry made up of dozens of small companies. (Associated Press)

WIND: County officials reject a permit for a 67-turbine, $300 million wind project in central Illinois. (Decatur Herald & Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa regulators clarify that electric vehicle charging stations are not considered public utilities under state law, and therefore utilities can’t restrict how power is sold at them. (Utility Dive)

• Wisconsin’s We Energies is the latest utility to leave a group that lobbied on behalf of coal-burning utilities against Obama-era air regulations. (Politico)
• Minnesota residents run for seats on electric cooperative boards to push for more renewable energy and emission reductions. (Minnesota Public Radio)

• Chicago officials and ratepayer advocates accuse a gas company of using “propaganda” to justify spending on a distribution modernization plan. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• A federal safety board wants regulators to reexamine a 1993 study on hydrofluoric acid following an explosion at a refinery last year in Superior, Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• North Dakota officials say new federal estimates of the region’s recoverable oil should consider more geologic formations and technology advances. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN FUELS: A Dane County, Wisconsin, landfill now captures methane and other gases for compressed natural gas transportation fuel. (Wisconsin State Journal)

GRID: An Ohio electric cooperative deploys advanced metering infrastructure to improve grid reliability and efficiency. (Smart Energy International)

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