Midwest Energy News

Missouri court rules in favor of Grain Belt Express transmission line

GRID: A Missouri appeals court rules in favor of the Grain Belt Express transmission project, bringing it another step closer to construction. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Dutch electric vehicle charging manufacturer EVBox moves forward with establishing its first North American headquarters near Chicago. (Energy News Network)
• Commercial electric delivery vehicles gain increasing attention from major automakers hoping to gain market share as corporate demand grows. (MiBiz)

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UTILITIES:
Major utilities including DTE Energy have used charitable donations to boost support from local groups on issues involving rooftop solar and utility-owned renewable energy. (HuffPost)
• Regulators in multiple Midwest states have rejected utility requests to recover pandemic-related revenue losses from customers, though longer term changes may be in store. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES:
• A federal judge declines to reverse his decision ordering the Dakota Access pipeline to be shut down. (The Hill)
• Climate activists sense a turning point as three major pipeline projects are either stalled or cancelled, and environmental and Indigenous groups mount increasingly sophisticated legal attacks. (InsideClimate News, New York Times)
Activists hope recent victories against major pipeline projects will carry momentum into Michigan as they seek to remove Line 5 from the Straits of Mackinac. (Michigan Advance)

WIND: A proposal to give Iowa officials more authority in siting wind projects may create uncertainty in a state where the sector has flourished. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES:
• A plan for community choice energy aggregation moves forward in Columbus, Ohio, which will help the city meet its 100% renewable energy goal. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A University of Minnesota campus reaches its net zero carbon emission goal through on-site wind and solar projects and power purchase agreements. (MPR News)
Developers plan to build 1 MW of solar to accompany 9 MW of nearby hydroelectric power for a major mixed-use project in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Updated energy efficient building codes in St. Louis cause a political divide between environmental and homebuilders’ groups. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SOLAR:
• Unlike others facing steep job losses in the clean energy sector, Minnesota’s solar industry appears to be rebounding from the pandemic with the construction of new projects. (Finance & Commerce)
• A 16 MW solar project on former farmland in northern Indiana also includes 70 different vegetation species to promote pollinator habitats, a growing trend across the state and nationally. (Indiana Environmental Reporter, Indianapolis Star)
• Developers propose a 200 MW solar project in southern Ohio. (Chillicothe Gazette)

NUCLEAR: A federal tribunal rejects activists’ attempt to reopen negotiations over a southeastern Michigan nuclear plant’s license extension. (Toledo Blade)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota regulators reject a proposal to impose mandatory production cuts on the oil industry. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Consumer advocates say Michigan continues to lag other states on electric reliability, which could be addressed with financial penalties if improvements aren’t made. (Energy News Network)

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