Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators to consider if utility needs new gas plant

NATURAL GAS:  Minnesota regulators consider today whether to let a northern Minnesota utility invest in a new natural gas power plant across the border in Wisconsin. The project is opposed by large customers and clean energy advocates. (Minnesota Public Radio, Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Ameren Missouri is building a community solar project near the St. Louis airport to expand renewable options for customers. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An Indiana group hosts an event to promote the value of installing solar panels for residential customers. (Winchester News-Gazette)
• An Illinois county approves plans for a 200-acre solar project. (Rockford Register-Star)
• An Illinois school district explores the potential for installing solar panels. (Ford County Record)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Xcel Energy plans to invest $25 million to increase access to electric vehicles. (Utility Dive)
• Minnesota Power announces plans for four solar-powered EV charging stations in northern Minnesota. (KDAL)

PIPELINES:
• North Dakota landowners who sued the Dakota Access pipeline’s developer over land easement payments say not all of their claims should have been thrown out by a federal judge. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota moves forward as a separate project stalls in Canada. (The Narwhal)

COAL: Ohio communities lose revenue as the assessed value of a coal plant declines. (Clermont Sun)

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POWER PLANTS: A Department of Energy official says people misinterpreted the Trump administration’s proposal related to coal and nuclear plants “for whatever political reasons they chose to.” (RTO Insider)

UTILITIES: Ameren Illinois employees warn ratepayers about utility scams. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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