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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TRANSPORTATION:
• 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)

RENEWABLES:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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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