Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators delay ruling on $700M gas plant

NATURAL GAS: Minnesota regulators delay a decision on a proposed $700 million natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, as they consider arguments on the need for an environmental review. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO: The proposed plant is the latest in the Midwest to face challenges from environmental groups over utilities’ stated capacity needs. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR: County officials in northwestern Illinois advance plans for three of eight proposed solar projects, including a 70 MW installation. (The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus)

POLICY: Containing coal ash storage in Indiana and limiting the impacts of fossil fuel development in North Dakota and South Dakota are top science policy issues in those states. (Popular Science)

GRID:
• A state forecast shows Indiana will need 9,300 MW of new generation by 2035 from natural gas, wind, solar and energy efficiency to meet demand as plants close. (Utility Dive)
• A new report highlights the need for improved transmission infrastructure as corporations look to procure more renewable energy. (CleanTechnica)

WIND:
• Local officials gather in eastern Michigan to hear input on potential wind-siting regulations. (MLive)
• Ball Corp. announces plans for three on-site wind turbines to power its beverage packaging plant in Findlay, Ohio. (North American Windpower)

RENEWABLES:
• A Democratic state lawmaker in Michigan proposes a bill to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (MLive)
• Ratepayer and environmental advocates host a public forum next week on equitable ways to develop renewable energy in Illinois. (Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier)
• A conference this week explored ways to grow wind and solar development in Nebraska. (Nebraska Radio Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Missouri farmers support a ballot initiative that would increase fuel taxes over the next four years to pay for infrastructure. (Jefferson City News Tribune)

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POWER PLANTS: Multiple coal and nuclear plants scheduled to close in the Midwest are located near military bases that need reliable, 24/7 power. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: A mining engineer and Republican Party official in Ohio says President Trump’s efforts to revive the state’s coal industry are working. (Steubenville Herald-Star)

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