Midwest Energy News

North Dakota poised for wind energy growth despite pockets of resistance

EFFICIENCY: When Illinois’ law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect Jan. 1, growers will face some of the strongest energy efficiency and reporting requirements in the country. (Energy News Network)

WIND: North Dakota is poised for wind energy development, though the sector faces pockets of resistance in some parts of the state. (Forum News Service)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
A western Michigan city leads the state with an on-bill financing program to help customers pay for clean energy upgrades, but work remains for advocates hoping to push the financing option statewide. (MiBiz)
• Clean energy efforts in Dane County, Wisconsin, are featured in a national report about efforts to address climate change. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

BIOFUELS:
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expects President Trump to issue new ethanol guidelines this week. (Radio Iowa)
• Eight Republican senators urge President Trump to endorse a new type of biofuel blending waiver for oil refineries if the administration backs an increase in annual biofuel volumes. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Local officials in Becker, Minnesota, seek state funding for infrastructure projects that would support new businesses following the closure of a major coal plant. (St. Cloud Times)

SOLAR:
• Southern Illinois University lands a $900,000 state grant to build a solar-plus-storage project on campus. (Associated Press)
• A planned 2 MW project would be the first commercial solar project in a northern Illinois county. (Washington Times-Reporter)
• An airport in Evansville, Indiana, is building canopies over hundreds of parking spaces that will be covered with solar panels. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Seven Michigan school districts will receive 17 electric buses as part of a pilot program using funds from the Volkswagen settlement. (MLive)

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CLIMATE: Minnesota students discuss their plans for a walk-out this week to bring attention to the climate crisis. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota is adding renewable energy jobs at double the rate of overall job growth, showing the clean energy sector is helping boost the state’s economy, a Minnesota columnist writes. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Ohio editorial board remembers businessman T. Boone Pickens as a “force of nature” who strongly backed U.S. energy independence through natural gas and wind power. (Toledo Blade)
• A Nebraska congressman says diversifying the country’s energy mix can help ensure energy independence. (North Platte Telegraph)

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