Midwest Energy News

Natural gas is preventing Minneapolis from meeting climate goals

CLEAN ENERGY: Chicago launches a Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program that supporters anticipate will grow clean energy investments next year. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS:
• Minneapolis is not on track to meet long-term emission reduction goals due to its steady reliance on natural gas, the city’s biggest source of emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The city manager in Iowa City says reaching net zero carbon emissions citywide by 2050 will take a coordinated effort between city officials and “major stakeholders.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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OHIO: Groups behind an ominous advertisement claiming the Chinese government is backing a referendum on nuclear and coal subsidies offer no evidence that such a plot exists. (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES: DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan relies on faulty modeling and is biased against wind and solar, advocates claim in a case before state regulators. (Utility Dive) 

WIND:
• An Iowa county considers a moratorium on wind projects following a local health board’s claim that turbines cause negative health impacts, despite broad scientific evidence to the contrary. (WHO-TV, Des Moines Register)
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says local governments should set regulations on wind projects instead of the state. (Radio Iowa)
• About half of the 4,000 MW of generation planned to come online in MISO’s service territory this year is from renewables, mostly wind power. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials pledge to improve access to oil and gas spill data after findings this month revealed a previous natural gas liquids spill was far bigger than originally reported. (Associated Press)

INDIANA: A task force led by Republican lawmakers in Indiana will help guide the state’s future energy plans as it transitions from coal. (Merrillville Post-Tribune)

COAL:
• As part of a proposed rate agreement, Wisconsin’s largest utility would forgo some profit on its investment in a coal plant that closed last year. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Closing four Vistra coal plants in Illinois will likely cost local governments millions of dollars annually in tax revenue. (WMBD)
• Residents raise concerns about whether coal ash storage sites at a West Michigan coal plant are contaminating groundwater. (MLive)

SOLAR: An installation at a Wisconsin job center will save Dane County about $18,000 a year in electricity costs. (WKOW)

BIOFUELS:
• A group of Midwest governors plan a trip to Washington D.C. to talk with President Trump about unrest among farmers over biofuel waivers. (Radio Iowa)
• An Iowa CEO says his company that invests in building ethanol plants in Brazil is not contributing to deforestation in the Amazon. (Cedar Rapids Gazette) 

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says a new ad opposing efforts to hold a referendum on nuclear and coal subsidies is the “sleaziest scare ad in recent memory in Ohio.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The ad also doesn’t mention that the Commercial Bank of China has committed millions of dollars to FirstEnergy, the company benefiting from the subsidies, a watchdog group notes. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Energy analysts are closely watching a case before federal regulators that could increase costs in PJM’s territory to support new and old power plants. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• An energy analyst says DTE Energy’s integrated resource plan favors the company’s own power plants over a “truly robust process” to ensure affordable and clean energy. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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