Midwest Energy News

Minnesota Republicans announce clean energy transition legislation

POLICY: Minnesota Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation that will require utilities to move away from fossil fuels. (Forum News Service)

RESEARCH: A University of Minnesota professor has played a key role in connecting clean energy research with public policy. (Energy News Network)

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GRID: DTE Energy’s president says the company is focused on improving grid reliability around Detroit: “We need to do a better job of keeping lights on for our customers.” (WDET)

SOLAR:
• A new law in St. Louis, Missouri, requires all new residential and commercial buildings to be “solar ready,” allowing panels to be easily installed. (PV Magazine)
Voters in a mid-Michigan township will decide the fate of local zoning rules as developers seek to build an 850-acre solar project. (Lansing State Journal)
• A 14-acre solar project comes online in northern Ohio. (Richland Source)
• A second community solar project is expected to come online this spring in a western Nebraska city. (KNEP)

WIND:
AEP’s CEO lays out the company’s revised plan for large-scale wind energy investments in the Midwest. (S&P Global)
• Early construction work begins on two large wind projects in southwestern Missouri. (Joplin Globe)

COAL:
• A deal to save the pension funds of retired U.S. coal miners will benefit about 8,000 retirees in Illinois. (Southern Illinoisan)
• U.S. coal stocks trended downward in 2019 despite a supportive presidential administration and industry-wide efforts to avoid debt. (S&P Global)
• The Upper Midwest’s coal industry has remained relatively resilient due to nearby lignite coal mining. (Prairie Business)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota’s oil production soared in the 2010s thanks to horizontal drilling and fracking technologies. (Bismarck Tribune)

POLLUTION: Crews complete the final phase of removing contamination at a former manufactured gas plant in northern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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UTILITIES: Indianapolis Power & Light issues a request for proposals for 200 MW of new electric generation from renewables and storage. (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota added 334 alternative fuel stations in 2019, showing steady growth in tackling emissions from transportation, according to the American Lung Association. (MinnPost)
• The general manager of a municipal utility in southwestern Minnesota says customers will have an option to offset their electricity usage with renewables. (Marshall Independent)

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