Midwest Energy News

North Dakota plans to challenge oil-by-rail safety rules

SOLAR: Consumer advocates raise awareness about potential scams as the Illinois community solar industry takes off. (Energy News Network)

• Some Minnesota lawmakers oppose a state program that provides funding for schools to install solar projects. (MinnPost)
• Plans move forward for a 2 MW solar project at an airport northwest of Chicago. (Northwest Herald)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join the Energy news Network at In the hot seat: Should journalists take a position on climate change?, June 27 in Minneapolis. A Power Panel Moderated by Jane E. Kirtley the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the panel discussion will put four local leaders in the hot seat to engage in important dialogue around key energy issues. Register today!***

COAL: Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri introduce bills to allow for the refinancing of aging coal plants. (Energy News Network)

• North Dakota intends to sue the state of Washington if its governor signs a bill requiring more safety measures for crude oil shipped by rail. (Associated Press)
• Companies developing natural gas pipelines including DTE Energy and Enbridge risk billions of dollars in stranded assets, according to an energy watchdog group. (Michigan Radio)
• Enbridge says construction on its Line 3 pipeline replacement is delayed until 2020 pending licensing and permit approvals. (Wadena Pioneer Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Officials ramp up clean transportation programs in Columbus, Ohio. (Energy News Network)

• A proposed 31-turbine wind project moves forward in western Michigan after a key approval by local officials. (MLive)
• An Iowa judge upholds a local decision approving plans for a 35-turbine wind project. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• An Iowa-based wind turbine manufacturer settles with state regulators following an investigation into workplace safety violations. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: It could take roughly two decades for ComEd customers to fully receive a refund from the utility’s tax savings under the Trump administration’s 2017 tax overhaul. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

RENEWABLES: A school district in Madison, Wisconsin, adopts a resolution to rely solely on renewable energy by 2040. (Madison Capital Times)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 4th Annual Grid Modernization Forum, May 20-22 in Chicago, is a unique opportunity to network with top industry professionals who are leading the way toward effective grid modernization and the integrated, resilient energy network of tomorrow. Enter MWEN when registering for 20% off! Register now!***

ADVOCACY: A former state director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign is appointed as Michigan’s environmental justice public advocate. (Associated Press)

• Filings with the Federal Communications Commission show advertising links between MidAmerican Energy and a group advocating to dismantle net metering in Iowa, according to a utility watchdog group. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Michigan is among states attempting to solve the electric vehicle infrastructure gap through utility programs, says a clean energy analyst. (Forbes)

Comments are closed.