Midwest Energy News

Missouri regulators approve Grain Belt Express wind transmission project

TRANSMISSION: Missouri regulators unanimously approve plans for the Grain Belt Express transmission project, which will move Kansas wind energy to eastern markets but has faced uncertainty for years. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

TECHNOLOGY: ComEd tests the potential of off-grid street lights powered by wind, solar and battery storage in Chicago. (Energy News Network)

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BIOFUELS: Last week’s winter storm that caused major flooding in the Midwest “wreaked havoc” on the U.S. ethanol industry. (Platts)

SOLAR:
• Two Wisconsin utilities seek approval from state regulators to build community solar projects. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Indiana regulators approve Vectren’s plan to build a 50 MW solar project. (WEHT)
• A majority of speakers at a public hearing this week supported a planned 300 MW solar project in southwestern Ohio. (Hillsboro Times-Gazette)

OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Senate rejects a bill that would have used oil tax revenue to eventually replace the state’s income tax. (Forum News Service)

WIND:
• A metro Kansas City community reaches an agreement to potentially power most of their city operations with wind energy. (Kansas City Star)
• A recent survey shows U.S. residents would prefer to live near wind turbines than a hypothetical fossil fuel plant. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: An Iowa grant program provides zero-interest loans of up to $1 million for clean energy projects. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

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POLITICS: Speaking at an event in Ohio, President Trump ridicules renewable energy as unreliable and expensive. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• An Illinois editorial board says removing coal ash from a storage site along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is needed instead of “risky, halfhearted control measures.” (Champaign News-Gazette)
• Clean energy advocates say Illinois is could be a leader in community solar, though at least one developer argues a vision for the future is needed beyond a rush to build projects. (Natural Resources Defense Council, Greentech Media)
• The former president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners argues an Iowa bill to add fees for solar customers promotes fairness. (Des Moines Register)

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