Midwest Energy News

Minnesota lawmakers work to build consensus on clean energy

POLICY: A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers works behind the scenes to craft clean energy policy they hope to pass next year. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Attorneys general in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota join a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s attempt to replace the Clean Power Plan, saying it hampers future administrations from tackling climate change. (Washington Post)

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WIND:
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will listen to concerns about perceived health risks from wind turbines but that for now she is backing the industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Reynolds and other state officials say the wind industry has brought a key economic boost to Iowa. (Radio Iowa)
• Alliant Energy plans to build new wind projects and repower existing ones to replace the power it’s losing from an Iowa coal nuclear plant that is expected to close in a year. (Platts)
• Indianapolis will host the American Wind Energy Association’s annual convention in 2021 that’s expected to draw more than 10,000 people. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Xcel Energy finishes construction on a 150 MW wind project in southeastern North Dakota. (Grand Forks Herald)

SOLAR:
• An agreement in Michigan could lead to a large solar build-out from third parties in the coming years, but rates paid to independent producers are expected to drop soon after. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• An Indianapolis resident reaches a compromise with his homeowners association that will allow him to keep solar panels on his property. (WISH)
• Xcel Energy finishes construction on a third 1 MW community solar project in Wisconsin. (WDIO)

RENEWABLES: Minnesota regulators allow Xcel Energy to expand its voluntary renewable energy purchasing program which will add 230 MW of new renewables to meet demand. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: A North Dakota landowner asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his challenge against a company’s taking of his land for a natural gas pipeline. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he is skeptical whether all oil refineries seeking hardship waivers for biofuel blending mandates actually need them. (Siouxland Public Media)

UTILITIES: The declining costs of renewable energy help utilities play a key role in addressing climate change. (NPR)

COMMENTARY:
• A wind energy advocate says the industry has invested $6.1 billion in North Dakota resulting in nearly $20 million in tax and lease payments. (WZFG)
• Experts say federal tax incentives for development in “opportunity zones” is a good fit for clean energy projects because they deliver higher returns to investors. (GreenBiz)

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