Midwest Energy News

Minnesota solar jobs decline amid national growth

SOLAR: Minnesota solar jobs declined nearly 6% in 2019 while the sector grew more than 2% nationally, according to a Solar Foundation report. (Star Tribune)

ALSO:
A We Energies program that partners with various entities to host solar projects passes the 5 MW milestone. (WTMJ)
County City officials in mid-Michigan explore expanding solar generation while renovating a wastewater treatment plant to qualify for additional state grant funding. (Daily News)
• A 20 MW solar project nears completion in western Kansas that will be the largest in the state. (KSNW)

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CLIMATE: Minnesota House lawmakers propose a $191.5 million spending plan to address climate change that includes investments in efficiency, solar and electric vehicles. (WCCO)

UTILITIES:
Morgan Stanley says Ameren and AEP are among the top utilities in the U.S. to benefit financially from retiring coal and investing in renewables. (S&P Global)
• Senior executives at Exelon and ComEd retire as the utilities face a federal investigation into lobbying activities. (Crain’s Chicago Business, subscription)

STORAGE: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel urges an appeals court to rule in favor of federal regulators’ decision to allow energy storage projects to participate in grid operators’ markets. (Michigan Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Various site hosts look to offer more electric vehicle charging stations in a central Indiana county. (Greenfield Daily Reporter)
• A city outside Omaha, Nebraska, receives state funding from Volkswagen settlement funds to add level 2 and level 3 charging stations. (Papillion Times)

BIOGAS: Western Michigan dairy farms look to partner on a biodigester project that would produce renewable natural gas. (MLive)

TRANSMISSION: Invenergy says discussions are underway with Missouri internet providers to provide broadband infrastructure along the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (Rolla Daily News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana University’s emissions dropped 49% over the past decade while school officials continue to pursue efficiency and solar projects. (Indiana Daily Student)

COMMENTARY: The president of the Missouri Farm Bureau says rural residents are united against granting eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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