Midwest Energy News

Missouri lawmakers advance bill to block Grain Belt Express project

COAL: Clean energy and consumer advocates worry an Indiana bill requiring special approval to shut down coal plants is a “Trojan Horse” that could become more insidious with revisions. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
• The Missouri House votes to ban the use of eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express transmission line, a potential setback for the project. (Associated Press)
• Kansas needs more transmission to accommodate the state’s increasing wind energy portfolio, an industry analyst says. (Hutchinson News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Minneapolis developer wants to heat a planned food hall and apartment complex with an aquifer thermal system that could be a model as the city looks to reduce its reliance on natural gas. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer plans to start construction in South Dakota in August, but legal challenges still loom. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A Wisconsin program looks to encourage 100 schools in the next four years to install solar panels. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Multiple organizations team up to build a 12-acre solar project on “undevelopable” industrial land in Toledo, Ohio. (WTVG)

POLITICS:
• The political action committee of Murray Energy, which declared bankruptcy in October, contributed $160,000 in July to a fund to re-elect President Trump. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• President Trump’s campaign in Wisconsin criticizes Mike Bloomberg for celebrating the closure of a Wisconsin coal plant; Bloomberg’s campaign counters that it supports “transition assistance” for communities. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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CLIMATE:
• Officials in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, delay a vote on a citywide climate plan in order to strengthen its goals. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Indiana youth call on state lawmakers to adopt stronger climate change policies as multiple bills and a resolution are under consideration. (Indianapolis Star)

COMMENTARY:
• GM’s planned $2.2 billion investment in a Detroit electric vehicle manufacturing plant “underscores the city’s bid to be the real-world hub for leading the global auto industry’s journey to electrification,” a columnist writes. (Detroit News)
• An Indiana bill requiring approval to close down coal plants is a step back in time that blocks clean energy progress, a columnist writes. (Jeffersonville News and Tribune)

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