Midwest Energy News

Minnesota lawmakers debate 100 percent clean energy bill

OVERSIGHT: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s chance to appoint two members to the Michigan Public Service Commission could have major implications for clean energy. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minnesota bill calling for 100 percent clean energy by 2050 gets its first hearing but faces an uphill climb in the legislature. (Minnesota Public Radio, Associated Press)

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WIND: A developer appeals a North Dakota county’s recent decision to deny 30 permits for a proposed wind project. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Ann Arbor, Michigan, issues a $15,000 grant to an elementary school to launch a solar energy curriculum and “support educational efforts about clean energy.” (Michigan Daily)
• A western Illinois city considers a proposal for a solar project at its wastewater treatment facility. (Galesburg Register-Mail)
• A central Ohio solar installer says projects can cut down on residential power costs. (10TV)
• The University of Northern Iowa launches a solar group-buying program. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• A proposed bill in North Dakota would use funds from the state’s voter-approved oil tax savings account to help offset state income taxes. (Associated Press)
• About 450 barrels of produced water spills at an oil pad in western North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Columbia, Missouri, exceeded its renewable energy goals in 2018. (KBIA)

EFFICIENCY: University of Michigan researchers will study more strategic control of air conditioners to improve the reliability and efficiency of the power grid and make it easier to transition to renewables. (news release)

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GRID: Southern Minnesota utilities ramped up production during the polar vortex to boost power supplies on the grid. (Mankato Free Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota advocates shift focus to transportation-sector emissions to curb air pollution. (MinnPost)
• Activists say Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz can take strong climate action by rejecting Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project. (MinnPost)
• The CEO of a solar company dispels myths that the energy source doesn’t work in cold weather. (Solar Power World)

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