Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators approve $700 million natural gas plant

POWER PLANTS: Minnesota regulators vote 3-2 to approve a utility’s investment in a natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, despite objections from clean energy and ratepayer advocates. (Minnesota Public Radio)

EMISSIONS: Rollbacks of air pollution rules for power plants could have the harshest health impacts on people in Ohio and Pennsylvania who supported President Trump in the 2016 election, a new study says. (Energy News Network)

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SMART GRID: New data shows the Midwest shed about 1,000 jobs in energy storage, grid management and microgrids between 2016 and 2017 likely due to state and local policy changes. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Major petroleum industry groups are weighing in at utility commissions across the Midwest over costs associated with electric vehicle infrastructure plans. (E&E News)

Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio are among the cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch projects curbing carbon emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Louis Business Journal, WCPO, Columbus Business First)
• Environmental advocates rally in Hammond, Indiana, to support the youth suing the federal government over climate change. (Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune)

COAL: A state analysis finds a planned facility to turn coal into diesel fuel in southwestern Indiana will not significantly impact air quality or health. (Evansville Courier & Press)

POLITICS: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner touts his support for the coal industry while campaigning in the southern part of the state, though it doesn’t appear to be helping in the polls. (E&E News)

• A company plans to install a community solar project on top of a parking ramp in downtown Minneapolis. (WCCO)
• Local officials in northeastern Ohio reject plans for a solar project, saying savings for the city would be minimal. (Hudson Hub Times)

OIL & GAS: Advocates urge the owner of a Wisconsin oil refinery to increase safety measures following an explosion at the facility this year and as the company’s net profits grew 300 percent. (Minnesota Public Radio)

UTILITIES: A DTE Energy official says the company is “committed to negotiating a smooth transition” in southeastern Michigan communities where it seeks to pay fewer taxes on its power plants. (Monroe News)

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RENEWABLES: Declining renewable energy prices lead an increasing number of states and localities to adopt ambitious clean energy targets. (Governing)

COMMENTARY: Grid operator PJM’s proposed redesign of its regional capacity market would hamstring state clean energy initiatives, say a former utility regulator and a clean energy advocate. (Utility Dive)

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