Midwest Energy News

Missouri utility unveils $285 million energy efficiency plan

EFFICIENCY: Ameren Missouri proposes $285 million in rebates as part of what it called the largest energy efficiency plan in state history. (St. Louis Business Journal)

UTILITIES: Kansas utility regulators need to undertake a comprehensive review of how rates are set, energy policy observers say. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Charging station availability and extreme weather that can hurt battery life are among the challenges for electric car sales in Chicago. (Chicago Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A fellowship and scholarship program aims to close the gender gap for wind and solar jobs. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Ohio’s Cuyahoga County hires a contractor to assess the potential of bundling solar installations on publicly owned buildings. (The Plain Dealer)
• A food and beverage distributor is completing the installation of one of eastern Iowa’s largest roof-mounted solar arrays. (Dispatch-Argus)
• Crops and native plants are replacing turfgrass and gravel as the go-to bedding for solar gardens in Minnesota and elsewhere. (Ensia)
• A Detroit cooperative wants to find ways to make solar power accessible to community residents and organizations. (Model D)

WIND: MidAmerican Energy is repowering 50 turbines at its Charles City Wind Farm in Northern Iowa. (KCHA)

COAL:
• Westar Energy shuts down Kansas’ biggest power plant after two workers died from steam burns suffered in an equipment failure. (Wichita Eagle)
• The University of North Dakota looks to replace its aging steam plant with a $75 million facility to be completed in 2020. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Several applications for coal mining permits are pending in Indiana. (Platts)

PIPELINES:
• A journalist arrested last year while covering the Dakota Access pipeline protests has been cleared of criminal trespassing charges. (Associated Press)
• Vectren Energy Delivery prepares to retrofit three miles of pipeline in Crawfordsville, Indiana. (Journal Review)

OIL & GAS: A bad valve or piping connection caused a major brine leak at a saltwater disposal well west of Crosby, North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

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ETHANOL:
• Midwest community leaders ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lift a ban on summertime sales of E15 gasoline blend. (Grand Island Independent)
• A natural gas leak at a Vectren Energy substation forces an evacuation of the an ethanol plant in Ohio. (Record Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• Alliant Energy’s “meddling in our democratic process” hurt an attempt to form a municipal utility in Decorah, Iowa, a community organizer says. (Des Moines Register)
• A former Missouri Public Service Commissioner says President Trump’s announced coal and nuclear subsidies are “grounded in sensible and necessary planning.” (MarketWatch)

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