Midwest Energy News

Natural gas complicates long-term utility climate plans

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy was the first major utility to pledge net zero emissions, but its continued reliance on natural gas may make the goal difficult to attain. (InsideClimate News)

• National NAACP leaders tell local and state chapters to not accept money from utilities that put up barriers to clean energy policies. (New York Times)
• Calculating electricity bills in Ohio can be complex for customers as rates are impacted by new state laws and cross-subsidies. (Energy News Network)
• Electricity sales over the next decade are likely to pivot on two wild cards for the industry: electric vehicles and rooftop solar. (S&P Global)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 4th Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition, January 21-22, 2020 in Chicago brings together thought leaders and practitioners from around the world to explore recent advances in making the Smart City a reality. Register today!***

HYDROPOWER: Last year’s wet weather in the Midwest increased electric generation from the Missouri River’s six upstream dams by 5.6%. (Associated Press)

POLICY: A Missouri lawmaker proposes a bill that would allow companies to add the cost of new nuclear or renewable generation to customer rates while the projects are under construction. (Springfield News-Leader)

• The Trump administration’s plan to remove climate change considerations from a key federal environmental law could clear the way for projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)
• Weeks after resigning as U.S. energy secretary, Rick Perry rejoins the board of directors of Texas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: Increased flooding raises concerns over contamination from coal ash storage sites in Missouri. (PBS)

SOLAR: Federal grants directed to Indiana totaling $1.2 million include help for farmers to install solar panels. (Indiana Public Media)

• Wind power became more prominent in Iowa over the past decade as coal generation declined. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
A developer secures financing for a 130 MW wind project in Indiana that is expected to be online within the next six months. (S&P Global)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join The Energy Gang’s Katherine Hamilton at RENEW Wisconsin’s “2020 Vision: The Path to 100% Clean Energy” Summit on Thursday, January 16 in Madison. Panels include renewables industry, utility, advocacy, and policymaker experts. Register Today!***

CLIMATE: Four Midwestern states have committed to reducing emissions as outlined under the Paris climate agreement, though progress has been slowed by a lack of action in dozens of other states and the federal government. (Michigan Advance)

An Ohio editorial board calls on the U.S. and Canada to halt plans to store nuclear waste near the Great Lakes. (Toledo Blade)
• Ongoing attempts to scale back action on climate change shows the Trump administration’s continued “war on science,” an editorial board says. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Comments are closed.