Midwest Energy News

Oil-by-rail spike worries local officials in Minnesota

SOLAR: Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act provides funding for solar jobs training at community colleges and in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)

• Environmental groups side with Wisconsin utilities supporting major investments in solar, though state regulators and ratepayer advocates are skeptical of projects’ payoff. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Advocates plan to launch a solar group-buying program in northern Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• A northeastern Nebraska county adopts local zoning regulations for solar projects. (Norfolk Daily News)

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OIL & GAS: Local emergency managers in Minnesota are concerned about an increase in oil shipments by rail as Canadian supply exceeds pipeline capacity. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• Advocates and state lawmakers unveil plans to move toward 100 percent renewable energy in Illinois. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Wisconsin could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue while creating thousands of jobs by sourcing more power from in-state renewables, according to a new report. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL: We Energies and Wisconsin officials are not clear why the volume of mercury dumped into Lake Michigan from a coal plant has increased over the past decade. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• The North Dakota Senate approves a bill that would shift wind energy tax revenue from counties to the state general fund. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Residents tend to view wind projects negatively when communities and developers are not transparent with their plans, according to a University of Michigan researcher. (Michigan Radio)

UTILITIES: University of Iowa officials evaluate privatizing the school’s power system as a way to boost research funding. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• Minnesota faith leaders urge Gov. Tim Walz to oppose Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project. (Associated Press)
• Standing Rock Sioux tribal members suing over Dakota Access pipeline protests broaden their allegations against local and state officials to include extortion and media manipulation. (Associated Press)

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OVERSIGHT: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appoints former state representative and clean energy supporter Dan Scripps to the Michigan Public Service Commission. (MiBiz)

COMMENTARY: Environmental advocates say Michigan should continue investing in energy efficiency and diversifying with renewables to protect the grid during weather extremes. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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