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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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