Midwest Energy News

Minnesota utility pledges 50 percent renewables by 2030

RENEWABLES: Minnesota utility Great River Energy pledges to get 50 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative continues to focus on its goal of diversifying its coal-heavy resource mix. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• John Deere announces sustainability goals that include getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. (Quad-City Times)

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COAL: Ohio coal baron Bob Murray wrote half a dozen executive orders for the Trump administration last year, new documents show. (E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: Missouri environmental groups praise a $550 million energy efficiency plan by Ameren that will include 26 rebate programs. (Missourinet)

• An Illinois community college’s board of trustees approves a proposal to build one of the state’s largest solar arrays on campus. (Du Quoin Call)
• City officials approve an expansion of a solar farm at the Rockford, Illinois international airport. (Rock River Times)
• A Madison startup that installs small solar units in rural Africa wins an annual state business plan competition. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The city of Pratt, Kansas announces a 6 MW solar project. (press release)

STORAGE: A Virginia battery maker sues the city of Painesville, Ohio, for allegedly abandoning a planned energy storage facility. (The News-Herald)

• “We love the farmers,” President Trump says after dropping an effort to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Omaha World-Herald)
• The move diffused criticism from farm states but drew new criticism from oil refiners, who don’t like the cost of complying with the mandate. (Reuters)
• After dining with EPA chief Scott Pruitt last night, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said the deal to overhaul biofuel policy could be revived. (Bloomberg)

• Opponents of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project say it threatens Native Americans’ traditional harvest of wild rice from wetlands. (Reuters)
• A produced water pipeline in North Dakota spilled 200 barrels of brine last week after it was struck during construction. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The head of the Illinois Commerce Commission has been selected to serve on a U.S. DOE’s nuclear advisory committee. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: Material spilled during the rescue of a worker from a Wisconsin sand mine last month contained arsenic, mercury, lead and other metals, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A St. Louis carjacking victim says confused thieves fled on foot after they couldn’t figure out how to steal his electric car, which was plugged in. (Fox 4)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says MidAmerican’s investments in wind power offer “fresh evidence of Iowa’s strength as a national leader in clean, renewable energy.” (Sioux City Journal)

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