Midwest Energy News

Nebraska utility exceeds targets as renewable energy sales reach 30 percent

WIND: After claims were dismissed in federal court last year against a wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, landowners seek relief from state courts in what could be a long-shot victory to claim the turbines cause negative health impacts. (Midwest Energy News)

RENEWABLES: A Nebraska utility exceeded its targets in 2017 as renewable energy — mostly from wind — accounted for 30 percent of retail sales and more than doubled over the previous year. (Omaha World-Herald)

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PIPELINES: If it overcomes challenges, construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and expansion project could start as early as this summer. (MinnPost)

OIL AND GAS: The Energy Information Administration expects natural gas prices over the next two years to drop, further decreasing the amount of coal generation. (Utility Dive)

• A second Iowa county looks to start a solar group-buying program that offers bulk solar prices for individual installations. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A Chicago suburb has been exploring areas of the city that could host solar installations. (Aurora Beacon-News)
• A renewable energy group recognizes Minnesota and Illinois as among the top states in the U.S. supporting solar development. (pv Magazine)
• A Michigan company that makes polysilicon products used to build solar cells and modules asks the Trump administration to resolve a trade dispute the company says is keeping it from China’s market. (Detroit Free Press)
• Industry leaders are making a final push to steer President Trump away from adopting solar tariffs, but sources say official recommendations to impose trade remedies could be on their way. (Greentech Media)

• North Dakota coal industry officials are disappointed in FERC’s rejection of a federal plan that would have boosted the state’s industry. (Associated Press)
• Still, North Dakota’s coal production increased by 1.4 million tons in 2017 over the previous year, reaching the highest levels since 2009. (Bismarck Tribune)

BIOMASS: A proposed medical marijuana growing facility at a former golf course in Michigan calls for an onsite, 3.5-megawatt biomass plant that runs on agricultural waste. (MLive)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: While federal tax credits for electric vehicles have been extended, the policy structure may put Tesla and General Motors at a competitive disadvantage. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: A Huffington Post writer says President Trump could prove his business savvy by rejecting a request for tariffs on imported solar panels.

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