Midwest Energy News

Minnesota lawmakers near deal on clean energy bills

UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri joins a small group of utilities tying a portion of top management bonuses to the company’s progress on clean energy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Wisconsin’s share of power coming from renewables declined slightly since 2018 as utilities replaced retiring coal units with natural gas, though plans are in place to increase solar. (S&P Global)
• Alliant Energy brings online a 730 MW natural gas plant with an adjacent 6 MW solar installation in southern Wisconsin. (Argus Media)

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POLICY: Minnesota lawmakers are poised to pass bills that would overhaul the state’s energy efficiency program and invest $60 million in clean energy projects with nuclear waste storage fees. (MinnPost)

SOLAR: The U.S. solar industry has lost 65,000 jobs due to the pandemic, erasing five years of job gains, according to an industry group’s analysis. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: A spike in positive COVID-19 cases among workers at a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant is complicating plans to refuel the facility. (Toledo Blade)

OIL & GAS: As oil production declines in North Dakota, two test wells have been drilled for potential carbon capture and storage projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• Activists want demolition at a former coal plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to halt until it’s safe to do so after the pandemic. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• Indiana regulators launch proceedings into Duke Energy’s use of self-committing coal plants. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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WIND:
• A 242 MW wind project comes online in northwestern Missouri. (ReNews)
• Developers are repowering an Iowa wind project that will use fewer but larger turbines to generate the same amount of electricity. (Clear Lake Mirror Reporter)

BIOFUELS: Biofuel advocates want federal officials to loosen restrictions on producing hand sanitizer as a way to help the industry during the pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

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