Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators give key approvals to Line 3 pipeline

PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators give three key approvals to the Line 3 pipeline replacement project, though critics vow more legal challenges. (MPR News)

COAL: An Indiana bill meant to slow the retirement of coal plants passes the state House and moves to the Senate. (Indianapolis Star)

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SOLAR:
• South Dakota regulators approve the state’s first commercial solar project, a 110 MW installation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (KELO)
• Without more funding for renewable energy credits, Illinois’ solar markets — especially community solar — could skid to a stop. (Greentech Media)
A New York City-based developer plans its third large-scale solar project in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, totaling nearly 600 MW. (MiBiz)
• An Illinois college expects to save $100,000 by installing an 11-acre, 2.09 MW solar project. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• Local officials in northern Illinois consider revising permitting requirements as interest grows in residential solar. (Morris Herald-News)
• States and municipalities continue to work through regulatory questions as the community solar market grows. (Power Magazine)

WIND: Xcel Energy expects to have more than 11,000 MW of wind energy on its system by the end of the year, the most of any utility in the western hemisphere. (Recharge)

UTILITIES:
• Evergy pledges to ramp up renewables and cut emissions 80% by 2050 despite a lack of requirements in Kansas and Missouri where it operates. (Greentech Media)
• Allete names its first woman CEO as its subsidiary Minnesota Power transitions from coal to natural gas and renewables. (Star Tribune)

POLITICS: The group that led an unsuccessful effort to overturn Ohio’s nuclear and coal plant bailout bill misses a campaign finance filing deadline, while major financial backers on both sides of the campaign remain unclear. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A settlement between Tesla and the state of Michigan allowing the company to directly sell and service cars in the state could lead other EV startups to pursue a similar distribution model. (MiBiz)

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OIL & GAS: The University of North Dakota will host a $40 million, full-scale oil drilling simulator and lab. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say road-funding solutions in Michigan shouldn’t penalize electric vehicle drivers with high registration fees and upfront costs. (Bridge Magazine)
• An Illinois clean energy advocate grew up in Lansing, Michigan, near a coal plant that has helped influence his activism. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A free-market think tank calls an Indiana bill to prolong the life of coal plants a “charade that would cement the Hoosier state in the Dark Ages.” (Utility Dive)

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