Midwest Energy News

Minnesota seeks to reboot emissions progress with climate panel

CLIMATE:
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz forms a climate change subcabinet to get the state back on track to meet emission-reduction goals set in 2007. (MPR News)
• Officials in Lafayette, Indiana, plan to start work on a city-wide climate change resolution. (Purdue Exponent)

BIOGAS: Michigan utilities see a growing role for renewable natural gas to displace conventional gas, but relatively high costs remain a barrier to widespread deployment. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
Community solar is in a “developmental middle zone” that is past its infancy but not widespread, though projects have taken off in states like Minnesota with favorable policies. (Greentech Media)
• We Energies launches a series of small-scale solar projects in which the utility leases land from customers and sends power to the grid. (Wisconsin Radio Network)
• An Illinois program offers solar projects in low-income communities at a fraction of the cost for ratepayers. (WMBD)

UTILITIES: Indiana utility NIPSCO announced a series of clean energy projects this year as it seeks to retire its coal generation within the next decade. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

COAL: Authors of a recent study on “self-committing” coal plants operated by regulated monopoly utilities say these plants run “far more often than warranted by market prices.” (Forbes)

OIL & GAS:
A saltwater spill in North Dakota last week occurred at a gas plant disposal well that was abandoned in the 1980s. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A paper mill in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is now powered by natural gas instead of coal. (WBAY)

POLICY: Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan says it’s possible for the U.S. to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (National Review)

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BIOFUELS: Oil industry groups plan to “vigorously challenge” proposed federal changes that reallocate waived biofuel volumes. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan environmental advocates say DTE Energy’s proposed long-term energy plan will continue to produce coal ash that threatens water supplies. (Oakland Press)
• Utilities like AEP and Xcel Energy show decarbonization “becoming more of a business choice than a regulatory or policy-driven decision,” writes the editor of POWER Magazine.
• Wind and solar provide revenue and energy independence for Ohio farmers, a conservative clean energy group says. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A union official in northwestern Ohio claims raising biofuel blending requirements will cost U.S. manufacturing jobs. (Toledo Blade)

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