Midwest Energy News

Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Grain Belt Express project

GRID:
• The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously rules that state regulators erred in rejecting the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, sending it back for reconsideration. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Minnesota-based Great River Energy plans a $130 million investment in its transmission system. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL:
• Restoring former Illinois coal mines is proving difficult in some cases as state regulators struggle to trace reclamation funding. (Energy News Network)
• Ohio coal executive Robert Murray hopes his former lobbyist Andrew Wheeler will stay on as the U.S. EPA’s permanent administrator. (E&E News, subscription)

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NUCLEAR: Federal nuclear regulators increase safety oversight at Ohio nuclear plants as the owners go through bankruptcy. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Alliant Energy announces plans for a 210 MW wind project in western Iowa, the final piece of the utility’s plan for 1,000 MW of new wind in the state. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• “I just don’t want them.” Some residents complain about the growing number of wind turbines in central Iowa. (WHO-TV)

FRAC SAND: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources asks judges to reject a lawsuit challenging its authority related to a frac sand mining permit. (La Crosse Tribune)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: One of the last waste-to-energy plants in Minnesota is at risk of closing next year due to low electricity prices. (Pioneer Press)

SOLAR: A southwestern Illinois resident plans to lease 40 acres of corn and soybean farmland to a solar company. (Belleville News-Democrat)

STORAGE: An Exelon official says battery storage is poised to play a larger role in the utility’s portfolio “on both sides of the meter.” (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

OIL: Early site work begins for an oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota, though the project still faces hurdles. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Farmers in northwestern North Dakota confront drought conditions and the challenges of climate change. (InsideClimate News)

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UTILITIES: Madison Gas & Electric’s proposed rate decrease in part reflects lower renewable energy costs. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota columnist welcomes efforts to reduce transportation emissions in the Twin Cities. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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