Midwest Energy News

Minnesota starts public hearings on clean car standards

GRID: Michigan utility regulators aim for “action” over “fancy reports” with a new initiative meant to prepare the state’s electric grid for more distributed generation. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota regulators begin public hearings this week on Gov. Tim Walz’s proposal to strengthen vehicle emission standards. (MPR News)

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WIND:
• A 302 MW wind project in northwestern Indiana is scheduled to be operational in 2021. (WLFI)
• Some residents in central Kansas say they weren’t notified about zoning changes that allow for a new wind project. (KSNT)

UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s latest rate request in Indiana faces broad pushback from groups that say the company fails to explain its formulas for increasing rates. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

SOLAR: A church in northern Illinois says it’s the first in the state to be completely powered by solar. (WIFR)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge awaits federal approval of a new warning system that notifies ships passing through the Straits of Mackinac and the Line 5 pipeline that they are in a no-anchor zone. (MLive)
• St. Louis-area farmers ask federal regulators to block construction on a natural gas pipeline until damage to their properties is fixed. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe says charging electric vehicles during off-peak times can help flatten electricity demand overall. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she will call on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resign if biofuel-blending promises aren’t kept. (Radio Iowa)

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EFFICIENCY: The University of Minnesota replaces inefficient light bulbs across campus as “low-hanging fruit” to meet emission-reduction targets. (Minnesota Daily)

COMMENTARY:
• Former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a pipeline tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac is necessary to keep energy prices low while protecting the Great Lakes. (Marquette Mining Journal)
• Wind energy development in Nebraska has generated $3 million in revenue for local schools, and additional revenue for other county services, according to the Center for Rural Affairs. (Omaha World-Herald)

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