Midwest Energy News

Missouri green tariff gives cities, businesses access to renewables

WIND:
• Missouri regulators approve the state’s first green tariff program allowing businesses and cities in Ameren’s service territory to offset energy needs with wind power. (E&E News, subscription)
• Consumers Energy plans to increase its wind portfolio by adding 150 MW by 2020 in mid-Michigan. (MLive)

SMART GRID: Ameren’s energy startup incubator program in its second year selects six new companies, including three working to develop smart grid technology. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: A decision by Minnesota regulators on Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project could come as soon as today. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL: U.S. EPA officials say they do not expect groundwater contamination following an oil spill from a derailed train in Iowa. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to buy more electric buses for its fleet as it phases out diesel. (Columbus Business First)

BIOFUELS: Iowa lawmakers and trade groups continue to raise concerns over the U.S. EPA’s use of waivers for refineries to avoid blending ethanol into gasoline. (Radio Iowa)

SOLAR:
• A Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb approves plans to add solar panels at eight-city owned properties. (Patch.com)
• A conference in Michigan highlights the value of solar projects in offsetting costs for farms. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• A solar group-buying program in Iowa reaches its first milestone. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Westar Energy’s plan to increase surcharges on customers with solar panels is expected to draw opposition at a public hearing today in Wichita, Kansas. (Wichita Eagle)

COAL: A 1,700 MW coal plant in Indiana is expected to increase its capacity factor in the coming years. (Platts)

GRID: A new 70-mile transmission line in Indiana designed to improve reliability and expand access to renewable energy comes online. (North American Windpower)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A new report shows a 5 percent increase in clean energy jobs over the past two years in Missouri. (Missourinet)

COMMENTARY:
• Author and climate activist Bill McKibben says the Line 3 debate in Minnesota has “roused grassroots resistance” from local residents and Native Americans. (The Guardian)
• Environmental groups say Ohio has a “strong foundation for investment and growth by electrifying transportation.” (Environmental Defense Fund)

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