Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators grapple with climate impacts of Line 3 pipeline

POLICY:
• Michigan policymakers begin to weigh their options as the state’s renewable portfolio standard levels off next year at 15%. (Energy News Network)
• Illinois environmental groups say a bill pushing the state to 100% renewable energy by 2050 is a top priority this session. (WTTW)

PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators grapple with the climate change impacts of an expanded Line 3 pipeline and whether the project aligns with the state’s energy goals. (MPR News)

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COAL:
• As Ohio lawmakers start work on a “comprehensive energy policy,” the leader of a coal industry group revives arguments that coal plants are critical for grid reliability. (Energy News Network)
• More than 100 residents living near a former coal plant along the Ohio River are suing the property owner, claiming the company is not informing the public about coal ash waste contained on the site. (WCPO)

BIOFUELS: Iowa biodiesel producers are on the front lines of the Trump administration’s wavering approach to the Renewable Fuel Standard. (E&E News, subscription) 

SOLAR:
• The agency that provides power to Indiana municipal utilities purchases the output from a planned 100 MW solar project. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Two developers target a combined 4,000 acres in central Indiana for solar projects, raising farmland preservation concerns among some residents. (Kokomo Tribune)

WIND:
• AEP Renewables signs a power purchase agreement with Evergy for the output from a 128 MW wind project in Kansas. (Daily Energy Insider)
• A retirement community and health care center in South Dakota will offset half of their power needs with wind energy through a utility program. (KOTA)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Feeling pressure from Tesla’s growing market value, General Motors executives seek to convince shareholders the company is a leader in electric vehicle technology. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota’s air quality meets all federal standards “because we live in a state that values collaboration and solution-based thinking,” says a clean air advocate. (MinnPost)
• Several Midwest states are leading efforts around programs that incentivize utilities to invest in energy efficiency programs, an energy analyst says. (Forbes)

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