Midwest Energy News

Minnesota lawmakers take on competing clean energy bills

POLICY: Minnesota lawmakers are set to debate competing visions on energy policy, with Democrats pushing for 100% clean energy by 2050. (MinnPost)

COAL:
• North Dakota’s largest coal plant “has operated at a significant financial loss,” but the owner says there are no plans to shut it down. (Bismarck Tribune)
• St. Louis-based Peabody Energy suspends its shareholder dividends amid falling U.S. demand for coal. (Financial Times)

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WIND:
• Companies are searching for other uses as a growing number of wind turbine blades are sent to landfills in Iowa and South Dakota. (Bloomberg)
• AEP’s planned $2 billion investment in wind energy highlights the challenges of a major generation shift across multiple states. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• A power provider for Minnesota municipal utilities plans to offer 80% carbon-free electricity by 2030 as it replaces coal with renewables. (Star Tribune)
• Kansas could address high electricity prices with integrated resource planning and performance-based ratemaking, analysts say. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• DTE Energy reports $1.2 billion in earnings for 2019 as it faces criticism from clean energy groups over its long-term energy plan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Trump administration is withholding $823 million for a clean energy program it has unsuccessfully tried to cut, Democrats say, impacting spending on efficiency and electric vehicles. (Bloomberg) 

PIPELINES: Enbridge prepares construction on a replacement section of the Line 5 pipeline beneath the St. Clair River in southeastern Michigan. (Blackburn News) 

SOLAR:
• A South Dakota company produces solar-powered water pumps that allow remote ranches to tap into groundwater. (KNBN)
• Officials in Athens, Ohio, seek proposals for a 2.5 MW solar project to power the city’s wastewater treatment plant. (Athens News)
• A Minnesota community solar developer makes subscriptions flexible to allow low-income residents to participate. (KEYC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Amazon offers a first look at its planned fleet of electric delivery vans being produced by Rivian. (Inside EVs)
• Otter Tail Power Co. installs a fast-charging station and two Level 2 chargers along the I-94 corridor in northwestern Minnesota. (Daily Energy Insider)

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EFFICIENCY: A new Michigan program offers incentives to small manufacturers that invest in energy efficiency projects. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY: An Indiana editorial board calls a “disingenuous effort” to keep coal plants operating longer a “denial of and roadblock to the future.” (South Bend Tribune)

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