Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators reject attempts to block Xcel EV program

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Minnesota regulators reject attempts by manufacturing and oil industry groups to reverse the approval of a $25 million electric vehicle pilot program by Xcel Energy. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Nine Minnesota cities will receive fast-charging electric vehicle stations with Volkswagen settlement funds. (Forum News Service)

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GRID: Rooftop solar and home battery storage could play a significant role in balancing the electric grid, but federal regulators need to adopt policies to help make that happen, according to a recent report. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. seeks to retire the bulk of its coal fleet by 2023 and has issued a request for proposals for 2,300 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage. (Utility Dive)

• Developers plan a 200 MW solar project in southwestern Wisconsin, which would be one of the largest in the state. (Telegraph Herald)
• County officials in central Nebraska delay action on regulations for solar installations. (Kearney Hub)
• Ameren Missouri looks to partner with schools and other non-residential entities to build solar projects across the state. (Daily Energy Insider)

OHIO: A coalition of dark-money groups have poured spending into a campaign to preserve bailouts for Ohio nuclear and coal plants. (Mother Jones)

• A federal judge hears renewed arguments from the Trump administration and environmental groups on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Two tribal leaders resign from a Montana task force in protest of the state attorney general’s support for Keystone XL. (Associated Press)

COAL: Plans to open a 36-acre surface coal mine in Ohio face public backlash. (Athens News)

• Illinois joins Michigan, Minnesota and dozens of other states to intervene in a federal lawsuit defending the U.S. EPA’s ability to limit greenhouse gas emissions. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Interest builds in using Minnesota forest land for programs to offset greenhouse gas emissions. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLEAN ENERGY: The CEO of Consumers Energy continues a tour around Michigan building support for the company’s long-term clean energy plan. See here for more on how the plan relies on energy efficiency. (WPBN, Energy News Network archives)

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EFFICIENCY: Climate change concerns are driving interest in passive homes in Wisconsin that rely heavily on energy efficiency. (Appleton Post Crescent)

• A wind turbine is refurbished in a southeastern Minnesota city to prolong the life of the project. (Chaska Herald)
• Some residents oppose plans for a 166 MW wind project in southeastern Michigan. (Hillsdale Daily News)

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