Midwest Energy News

Minnesota utilities push back on carbon-free goal

SMART GRID: Consumers Energy’s plan for a second urban “energy district” in Michigan attracts attention from microgrid advocates who see room for growth in the region. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Several Minnesota utilities push back against Gov. Tim Walz’s 100 percent carbon-free electricity plan, saying they oppose state mandates. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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• Lawmakers in Minnesota and Iowa look to increase fees on electric vehicles and hybrids to make up for lost gasoline-tax revenue. (Energy News Network)
• Ford’s top executive says electric and autonomous vehicles are redefining transportation: “Really, every bit of our business is being disrupted.” (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: An Ohio school district plans to lease about 10 acres of land to a solar company as part of a broader plan to save tens of thousands of dollars on energy costs. (Youngstown Vindicator)

• Kansas City officials vote to power municipal buildings with renewables while also developing a community solar project and purchasing more electric vehicles. (Next City)
• An executive with Minnesota-based 3M discusses how the company plans to hit 100 percent renewable energy targets. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Wind energy advocates say grid operator PJM’s proposal to change how wind and solar capacity values are credited doesn’t take into account performance improvements from the past decade. (RTO Insider)

• Federal officials and the Dakota Access pipeline developer say tribes’ request for extensive information on the project is vague and overly broad. (Associated Press)
• Two tribes request their flags not be flown at the South Dakota Capitol after lawmakers passed a bill aimed at curbing potential Keystone XL protests. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA issues rules allowing year-round sales of gasoline blended with higher levels of ethanol. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota will receive $3.5 million in a settlement with Fiat Chrysler and parts maker Bosch over accusations of conspiring to thwart pollution controls. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND: Plans move forward for a wind project in mid-Michigan despite efforts by local residents to hold a referendum on new zoning regulations. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)

• A second report on oil projections in North Dakota shows higher prices but lower production than earlier estimates. (Forum News Service)
• An equipment problem causes 13,000 gallons of brine to spill at an oil and gas well in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Nebraska waste-to-energy plant works with state and federal regulators to comply with its most recent environmental violations. (Sioux City Journal)

CLIMATE: Local officials in Lansing, Michigan, take steps to draft a local climate action plan. (Lansing State Journal)

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