Midwest Energy News

New owner for wind transmission project sparks optimism

• Dynamic pricing could help Illinois prepare for increased electric vehicle charging while benefiting all utility customers. (Energy News Network)
• Amazon will lead a $700 million investment in Michigan-based electric pickup truck startup Rivian. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: A change in ownership of the Grain Belt Express wind power transmission project sparks optimism about the project’s future. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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PIPELINES: A federal judge keeps most preliminary construction work on hold for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: An Indiana bill to restore solar net metering is not expected to get a hearing. (Indianapolis Star)

CLEAN ENERGY: A nonprofit “green bank” in Michigan finances nearly $200 million in efficiency and renewable energy projects. (MiBiz)

• Nearly three-quarters of the new generation coming online in grid operator MISO’s region is expected to come from wind. (Platts)
• A county zoning board could decide this week on plans for a $300 million wind project in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• South Dakota regulators approve plans for a 151 MW wind project. (Watertown Public Opinion)

• Violent crime jumped 23 percent in North Dakota and Montana counties where oil development took off from 2006 to 2012, a new study says. (Forum News Service)
• The North Dakota Senate passes a bill that would impose fines on oil and gas companies that fail to provide audits of royalty payments. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Marathon Petroleum seeks a variance from a 2017 Detroit ordinance regulating the storage of hazardous materials including petcoke. (Detroit Free Press)
• North Dakota set a new oil production record in December. (Associated Press)

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EFFICIENCY: Rolling back federal lighting efficiency standards would increase power consumption and ratepayer bills, environmental advocates say. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

COMMENTARY: Two Minnesota lawmakers say the state has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to lead on clean energy and climate action. (MinnPost)

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