Midwest Energy News

Nebraska transmission permit revoked over wildlife concerns

TRANSMISSION: A judge revokes a key federal permit for a planned 225-mile transmission line in central Nebraska due to wildlife concerns. (Omaha World-Herald)

ALSO: National clean energy groups launch a campaign to build support for investments in the transmission system they say would save consumers $47 billion a year. (Utility Dive)

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UTILITIES:
• Illinois regulators reach an agreement with utilities to expand payment flexibility and extend protections for customers struggling to pay bills during the pandemic. (Chicago Tribune)
• ComEd says more steady electricity usage with fewer significant changes in peak demand has resulted from the pandemic. (WNIJ)

SOLAR:
• One solar advocate says a request before federal regulators to take away states’ control over net metering is “pretty close to saying solar is illegal.” (InsideClimate News)
• Two brothers that formed a solar company in southwestern Wisconsin three years ago say business is growing quickly. (WIZM)

POWER PLANTS: A bankruptcy judge approves a settlement that will keep Energy Harbor as a partner in the company that operates two coal plants along the Ohio River. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: An Iowa county board raises concerns about state regulators proposed rule changes that would affect local jurisdiction on renewable energy projects. (Ames Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: A coalition that promotes “transportation fairness” is mostly composed of oil and gas trade associations that opposes policies that could speed the transition to electrification. (DeSmog)

WIND: At a visit in Iowa, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette responded to questions about President Trump’s prior criticism of wind energy: “While wind energy is very inexpensive, it’s also intermittent.” (KCCI)

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PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer files a brief in support of the Trump administration’s effort to revive a previous pipeline permitting program for projects that cross waterways. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A former North Dakota and federal energy regulator says an incorrect narrative is building that the Coal Creek power plant is closing because of wind energy. (Inforum)

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