Midwest Energy News

North Dakota approves air permit for refinery near national park

UTILITIES:
• Michigan utility Consumers Energy plans a major shift from coal to solar energy over the coming decades while avoiding major investments in new natural gas plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Local officials in Michigan are concerned over a bill that would exempt some personal property owned by utilities from taxes, which could cost counties hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. (St. Joseph Herald-Palladium)

OIL AND GAS:
• The North Dakota Health Department approves an air quality permit for a planned oil refinery 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Ohio lawmakers pass a bill that exempts oil and gas producers from sales tax on certain capital expenditures. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota Public Utilities Commission staff recommend approval for the Line 3 replacement and expansion project, putting it at odds with a separate state agency. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota regulators recently adopted new interconnection standards meant to streamline the process for most solar projects to come online. (Midwest Energy News)
• Developers eye property in southeastern Wisconsin for a potential 300 MW solar project. (Watertown Daily Times)
• A $2.3 million project underway at Madison College will be the largest rooftop solar installation in Wisconsin. (WISC-TV)
• Actor William Shatner is part of a group planning to build a solar-powered Bitcoin mining operation in a former factory in southern Illinois. (Tribune News Service)
• A 2 MW project in central Illinois is delayed as local officials amend a zoning ordinance to permit commercial solar. (Peoria Journal Star)
• Officials in a Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb consider zoning changes to allow for community solar gardens. (Quad Community Press)

WIND: A city in western Kansas increases its renewable portfolio beyond 30 percent after purchasing energy from a new wind project. (Garden City Telegram)

COAL: Residents in a southwestern Indiana town are concerned about air pollution from a proposed plant that converts coal to diesel fuel. (TriStateHomepage.com)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• State officials visit Red Wing, Minnesota, to learn about its “successful advancement of a clean energy agenda in a rural community.” (Red Wing Republican Eagle)
• Policy groups says Ohio’s manufacturing heritage can make it a leader in the advanced energy sector. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

GRID: Experts say Midwest energy planners need more focus on interstate transmission lines to spur renewable energy growth. (RTO Insider)

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TRANSPORTATION: Chicago officials are negotiating a proposal with Elon Musk’s Boring Company to develop an underground, high-speed transit connection between O’Hare airport and downtown, but details are scant. (Chicago Tribune)

COMMENTARY: An advocate says approving the Line 3 pipeline expansion in Minnesota would have serious climate impacts. (The Guardian)

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