Midwest Energy News

Missouri court upholds Grain Belt Express transmission project

TRANSMISSION: The Missouri Court of Appeals upholds state regulators’ approval of the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (Associated Press)

Minnesota recently became the first state to adopt new interconnection standards that solar installers say will make it easier to connect projects to the grid. (Energy News Network)
• A new solar project on top of a bus garage is a “triple win,” says the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin. (Madison Capital Journal)

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• Renewable energy groups are dismayed by a U.S. spending bill that passed the House Tuesday that does not extend solar tax credits and extends wind credits for just a year. (Reuters)
• The spending bill also does not extend a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles that General Motors and Tesla had sought. (Reuters)
• The year-end tax deal struck this week in Congress would benefit rural electric cooperatives and maintain a fee paid on coal production to cover health care costs for miners. (E&E News, subscription)

• It remains unclear whether a federal investigation into ComEd’s lobbying activity will stall progress on ambitious clean energy legislation. (Utility Dive)
• An Indiana energy task force seeks to set guidelines for future renewable energy development in the state. (Logansport Pharos Tribune)

• North Dakota officials are working to determine a fine for the operator of the Keystone Pipeline following a spill in late October. (Forum News Service)
• South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem proposes revisions to a state “riot-boosting” law that critics say specifically targets pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

EQUITY: Researchers find time-of-use rates that charge more for electricity during peak times can disproportionately harm vulnerable groups. (Scientific American)

WIND: A Nebraska county considers suspending new wind energy permits as new siting regulations are reviewed. (Beatrice Daily Sun)

• As his company moved toward bankruptcy, former Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray earmarked nearly $1 million to fund efforts to cast doubt on climate change. (New York Times)
• Local officials in Springfield, Illinois, vote to extend the city utility’s contract for coal power through 2025. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

• North Dakota regulators approve a plan to speed up investments in natural gas transportation and processing in hopes of reducing wasteful flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• County officials in southwestern Michigan adopt a policy that clarifies a ban on oil and gas development on parkland. (MLive)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A global partnership between suppliers and automakers, including Ford and Fiat Chrysler, seeks to bring transparency to the origins of the raw materials used in electric vehicles. (Detroit News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Iowa’s only waste-to-energy power plant receives upgrades to prevent wear from changes in the waste stream. (Radio Iowa)

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