Midwest Energy News

Missouri lawmakers take aim at transmission project

TRANSMISSION: The Missouri House passes legislation to prohibit the use of eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, which developers say would halt the plan. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill that could make it harder to install wind energy transmission lines on private property if landowners object. (Associated Press)

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WIND:
• An Ohio cement plant signs a long-term agreement for wind energy as the company and others seek to reduce carbon emissions for an energy-intensive sector. (Energy News Network)
• Advocates discuss the growing role of wind power in North Dakota. (NewsDakota.com)

PIPELINES:
• A federal appeals court considers whether to let construction proceed on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota and the Dakota Access pipeline developer settle a dispute over farmland the company acquired during construction. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Former U.S. EPA head Scott Pruitt registers as an energy lobbyist in Indiana as fossil fuel companies seek to block the planned closure of coal plants. (Indianapolis Star)

MICROGRIDS: ComEd successfully completes an islanding test of a Chicago microgrid, allowing it to power facilities while disconnected from the grid. (Electric Light & Power)

COAL: A proposed settlement agreement in Consumers Energy’s long-term energy plan would evaluate the potential early closure of western Michigan coal units. (MiBiz)

CLEAN ENERGY: The executive of Cuyahoga County in Ohio unveils a climate change strategy that includes more electric vehicle charging stations, solar energy and a microgrid in downtown Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR: An Indianapolis resident challenges his homeowner association’s attempt to limit where he can site his solar panels. (WISH)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio city council considers a pilot program to replace streetlights with LEDs to determine whether the move is cost-effective. (Warren Tribune Chronicle)

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OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Senate rewrites a resolution that would have made it more difficult to tap earnings from the state’s oil tax savings account. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The CEO of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance says state lawmakers shouldn’t reject the infrastructure investment and lower utility bills proposed by the Grain Belt Express project. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• A Minnesota climate advocate disputes claims that the state’s clean energy goals would increase electricity prices to the point of devastating industries. (Duluth News Tribune)
• A Missouri environmental group says the state should be taking stronger action to address coal ash storage sites. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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