Midwest Energy News

N.D. officials question advocacy group’s role in wind project wildlife plan

VW SETTLEMENT: Illinois wants to spend $10.8 million in Volkswagen settlement funds on electric school buses, which could benefit air quality and the state’s grid. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A wind developer paid Ducks Unlimited $557,000 to oversee a wildlife mitigation plan for a 150 MW wind project in North Dakota, which state officials say should not be a model for other projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

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SOLAR:
• An Illinois program promotes solar literacy and opportunities through group-purchasing. (Daily Illini)
• An Illinois school district plans to reduce its energy costs by installing solar panels. (LaSalle News Tribune)

GRID:
• A major flood 10 years ago in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ultimately strengthened the city’s electric infrastructure. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Bailing out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants would not strengthen the U.S. power grid against cyber attacks as the Trump administration claims, according to experts. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to complete an environmental study of the Dakota Access pipeline within two months. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Local officials in Springfield, Illinois, have a tense exchange over campaign contributions from coal mining companies and environmental groups. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

COAL: An Upper Peninsula municipal utility stops burning coal at a plant in Marquette. (WLUC)

CLEAN ENERGY: A grant program at the University of Michigan will help fund clean energy projects in Detroit. (Michigan Daily)

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REGULATION: An Iowa Utilities Board member is selected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind development will continue to grow as costs decline: “The horse is out of the barn,” experts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• Regional chamber of commerce leaders in Minnesota support the replacement and expansion of the Line 3 pipeline. (MinnPost)

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