Midwest Energy News

Minnesota sets bold electric vehicle target by 2030

EFFICIENCY: Iowa regulators approve MidAmerican Energy’s five-year efficiency plan that provides fewer resources for customers to cut energy use. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Minnesota transportation officials call for 20 percent of all cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks to be electrified by 2030. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• The CEO of electric pickup truck startup Rivian discusses the vehicle’s technology and plans to bring it to market by late 2020. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: A Wisconsin conservative who “spent 10 years arguing against renewables” tells Republican state lawmakers to embrace the industry as costs decline. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
• Local officials in southeastern Minnesota approve four separate 1 MW solar projects as the county’s solar capacity continues to grow. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• A 2 MW community solar project is approved in northern Illinois, though construction depends on receiving state credits. (Putnam County Record)

PIPELINES: TransCanada restarts a portion of the Keystone pipeline in Missouri that had been shut down after a leak earlier this month. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE: Commercial energy demand is expected to increase in Indiana as the state adapts to climate change, according to a new report. (Indiana Public Media)

STORAGE: The polar vortex showed the U.S. needs to scale up battery storage far beyond what’s planned to meet high demand with 100 percent renewables, an analysis finds. (InsideClimate News)

WIND:
• Opponents claim a proposed $300 million wind project in central Illinois would lower property values and harm wildlife. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• A public hearing is scheduled Monday for a proposed 300 MW wind project in northwestern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Consumer advocacy groups propose alternatives to Indiana utility NIPSCO’s rate request that wouldn’t raise rates on customers. (La Porte County Herald-Argus)
• DTE Energy issues $650 million in “green bonds” to help finance clean energy projects. (MITechNews.com)

COAL:
• A utility plans to close a 100 MW coal plant in central North Dakota in 2021 and replace it with a natural gas peaker plant. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Tribal leaders worry a coal train derailment near the Wisconsin-Minnesota border could harm fish habitat in the St. Louis River. (WDIO)

COMMENTARY:
• A northern Michigan electric cooperative makes misleading claims about the value of small-scale solar generation, a local advocate says. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• A utility watchdog group details how oil and gas interests fight wind and solar projects across the U.S., including in Indiana and Ohio. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• The dispute between the city of Milwaukee and We Energies over rooftop solar is an “echo of fights that have gone on throughout the United States between homeowners and businesses and the utilities that serve them.” (PV Magazine)

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