Midwest Energy News

Minnesota incentive to boost residential customers in community solar

SOLAR: Minnesota utility regulators approve an incentive to encourage more residential participation in community solar projects, though not at the level advocates wanted. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• Minnesota developers say changes to an Xcel Energy incentive program that increases the limit on project sizes could discourage businesses from installing larger solar systems. (Energy News Network)
• Vectren and consumer advocates agree on a lower rate structure for a planned 50 MW solar project in southern Indiana that previously divided advocates. (Evansville Courier & Press, Energy News Network archive)

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MICROGRIDS: Customers are increasingly interested in behind-the-meter microgrids in the Midwest for sustainability, reliability, and economic benefits. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Southern Power is building a 200 MW wind project in Kansas that will be the company’s first carbon offset project. (Power Technology)
• A 300 MW project is planned for south central North Dakota, which would be the largest considered by state regulators. (Forum News Service)

CLEAN TECH: Wisconsin researchers make breakthroughs on cost and materials that may help hydrogen become a bigger player in renewable energy production and storage. (WUWM)

RENEWABLES:
• Five Midwestern states got at least 20 percent of their power from wind and solar last year, according to an Energy Information Administration report. (Houston Chronicle)
• Xcel Energy submits a proposal to allow Wisconsin customers greater access to wind and solar power. (WEAU)

PIPELINES: Tribes ask South Dakota regulators for more information about the Keystone XL pipeline’s compliance with permit conditions. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Energy interests are spending more in the campaign between North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer than any other Senate race this year. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS: A new natural gas processing plant opens in North Dakota as the industry works to reduce natural gas flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)

POWER PLANTS: The CEO of PJM Interconnection tells U.S. lawmakers that a market-based rule to ensure grid resilience is preferable to a bailout for coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says the oil industry is already trying to undercut President Trump’s order to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol. (Radio Iowa)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan ranks as the 11th most energy efficient state in the U.S., according to a new report. (CBS Detroit)

STORAGE: Grid operator MISO takes procedural steps ahead of developing new market rules for energy storage. (RTO Insider)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp introduces legislation to refine tax credits for carbon capture projects at coal plants. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL: A 51-year-old coal plant is demolished in central North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: A Detroit columnist says energy efficiency will be a critical tool for state and local governments in Michigan to address climate change. (Detroit Free Press)

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