Midwest Energy News

Missouri regulators signal approval for Grain Belt Express

SOLAR: The Illinois Municipal Power Agency pilots solar projects that will help member cities diversify their energy portfolios. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Advocates say increasing Iowa’s state solar tax credit won’t offset the cost of fees and lower compensation proposed for solar customers. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A southern Nebraska city takes steps to begin construction on a community solar project. (NTV)

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TRANSMISSION: Missouri regulators signal they’re ready to approve the 780-mile, $2.5 billion Grain Belt Express wind transmission project. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Nebraska lawmakers reject a bill that would have blocked private companies from working with the government to use eminent domain following concerns about large-scale wind development. (Lincoln Journal Star)

NUCLEAR: MIT researchers tell Ohio lawmakers it would be more economical to continue operating two nuclear plants instead of bringing new clean energy resources online. (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa officials recommend a $130 annual fee for electric vehicles to make up for lost revenue from gasoline taxes. (Radio Iowa)

GRID: Officials with Alliant Energy say increasing rates in Iowa to pay for grid upgrades will ultimately lower bills. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OVERSIGHT: Wisconsin consumer advocates say they were surprised to see Gov. Tony Evers appoint a long-time attorney for We Energies as chair of the state Public Service Commission. (Isthmus)

RENEWABLES:
• Minnesota-based 3M pledges to offset energy usage at all of its buildings worldwide with 100 percent renewable energy. (news release)
• A General Motors official says the company’s latest commitment to renewable energy is part of a broader goal of “zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” (Cleantechnica)
• Congressional Democrats explore whether to extend federal tax credits for wind and solar. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota judge rules that a state law better defining oil and gas ownership under Lake Sakakawea is constitutional but requires the state to refund too much money. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: Environmental advocates in Missouri raise awareness about contamination from coal ash storage sites. (St. Louis Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• An Iowa state senator says MidAmerican’s attempt to end solar net metering “gives new meaning to the words ‘power grab.’” (Des Moines Register)
• Grid operator MISO’s interconnection process is stalling a significant amount of proposed renewable energy development in the Midwest, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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