Midwest Energy News

Minnesota governor calls for 100% carbon-free power by 2050

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announces a plan to move the state to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ALSO: Illinois’ 100 percent renewable electricity goal by 2050 goes further than other states by cutting out nuclear power. (Greentech Media)

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SOLAR:
• Detroit officials near completion on a citywide solar energy assessment as residents seek community benefits from projects. (Energy News Network)
• An Iowa House committee advances a bill that would charge solar customers roughly $330 annually to use the grid. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A northern Michigan township begins work on its first regulations for commercial and residential solar projects. (Manistee News Advocate)
• Renewable energy advocates call Michigan’s slight uptick in solar jobs growth “a big success story.” (Michigan Advance)
• Solar panels are installed at a village of tiny homes for veterans in Wisconsin. (FOX6)

OIL & GAS:
• The Ohio River Valley shale gas boom has limited renewable energy development in grid operator PJM’s territory relative to other regions. (Energy News Network)
• North Dakota officials discuss whether $120 million has been properly allocated over the past decade from oil tax revenues to public school funds. (Forum News Service)

COAL:
• A new report finds coal ash storage causing widespread contamination at plants across the U.S., including in Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. (Reuters, Wisconsin State Journal, Indiana Environmental Reporter, Michigan Radio)
• Residents speak out against plans for a strip mine in an Ohio state park. (WOSU)

OVERSIGHT: The new chairwoman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission says her career with the state’s largest utility won’t impact her policy decisions. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES:
• South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem proposes a new framework for pipeline development meant to curb the local impacts of protests. (Associated Press)
• Wisconsin regulators approve plans for a $50 million, 29-mile natural gas pipeline replacement project. (Sheboygan Press)

POLITICS: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan calling for increased spending on clean energy faces an uphill climb in the Republican legislature. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The oil industry ramps up lobbying efforts to scrap a federal tax credit for electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

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WIND: A 66 MW wind project is now operational in northeastern Iowa. (North American Windpower)

ELECTRIFICATION: A new single-family housing development in St. Paul, Minnesota depends on electrified home heating. (Finance & Commerce)

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