Midwest Energy News

Missouri bill to block Grain Belt Express project stalls in Senate

SOLAR: Wisconsin-based We Energies revives a controversial effort to charge fees on customers who produce their own solar power. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Western Wisconsin residents seek to overturn approval of the state’s first large-scale solar project and accuse the state’s top utility regulator of concealing a conflict of interest. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Mid-Michigan municipalities increasingly adopt solar ordinances as residents’ interest grows. (Livingston Daily)
• DTE Energy raises concerns over fencing and panel materials with proposed solar regulations in eastern Michigan. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• An event next week highlights the benefits and opportunities of a solar group-buying program in southeastern Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)

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TRANSMISSION: Legislation meant to block the Grain Belt Express transmission line stalls in the Missouri Senate. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: The Illinois Senate advances a bill to ensure the safe closure of dozens of coal ash impoundments in the state. (Southern Illinoisan)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The anticipated growth of electric vehicles means larger implications for Ohio’s electric grid, experts say. (Columbus Business First)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials say a new Washington state law meant to reduce the risk of oil train derailments is not backed by science. (Bismarck Tribune)

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RENEWABLES: Michigan State University is among several Big Ten schools helping the conference lead on renewable energy. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
Environmental concerns about the Line 5 pipeline date back to the project’s construction in 1953, a Michigan researcher says. (Bridge Magazine)
• An Ohio editorial board says a nuclear bailout bill could be improved by retaining clean energy standards, encouraging in-state wind development and clearly disclosing costs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A U.S. Senator from Minnesota and a New Mexico congressman say their new legislation mandating carbon-free electric generation by 2050 is necessary for the environment, jobs and economic competitiveness. (The Hill)
• A Michigan faith leader says solar projects can be a “meaningful expression of our faith, an act of love, a means toward ensuring a clean and healthy planet.” (Lansing State Journal)

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