Midwest Energy News

Missouri releases plan for Volkswagen settlement funds

TRANSPORTATION: Missouri plans to spend $12 million of its Volkswagen settlement money to cut emissions from aging bus fleets. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer plans to tunnel beneath two major rivers along the project’s route early next year. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A proposal to expand the capacity of a North Dakota natural gas plant is the sixth under development in the state. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A preliminary report finds an oil train that derailed in Iowa in June was traveling just below the speed limit when it spilled 160,000 gallons of crude oil. (Sioux City Journal)
• The developer of an oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota asks state regulators to dismiss a complaint from environmental groups. (Bismarck Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: A proposed transmission project in Nebraska meets concerns over historical artifacts. (NET)

SOLAR:
• A county board in central Illinois has now approved seven 2 MW projects in recent months after approving three more Thursday. (Peoria Journal Star)
• An Iowa city moves forward with a $1.6 million solar project. (WHO-TV)

WIND: Xcel Energy plans eight new wind projects within the next two years as it shutters coal plants. (WXOW)

POWER PLANTS: Federal regulators are helping identify power plants that are critical to the grid as the Trump administration  looks to support uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: County officials in Iowa consider installing public EV charging stations. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Cleveland residents rally in support of the city’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (North American Windpower)

COAL: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to tour North Dakota’s biggest coal mine and adjacent power plant next week. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy’s $136 million windfall from last year’s federal tax act will be directly refunded to Minnesota customers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A climate change advocate says the energy efficiency industry creates many more jobs than fossil fuels and is growing at a faster rate. (Columbia Missourian)
• Coal CEO Robert Murray says his company’s funding of the opposition to an offshore wind project in Lake Erie is meant to “get the facts out relative to the unreliability of wind power.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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