Midwest Energy News

Opponents prepare challenge to Wisconsin transmission project

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chicago residents living in apartments push for better access to electric vehicle charging stations as the city adopts new regulations to address the issue. (Energy News Network)

Missouri regulators approve Ameren’s $11 million plan for electric vehicle charging stations. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• The need for utilities to respond to increased demand from electric vehicles could come sooner than expected, analysts say. (Utility Dive)

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EFFICIENCY: A small Minnesota city uses drones to document building heat loss in order to find opportunities for energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin residents ask state regulators to reconsider their approval of a controversial transmission project, while an Iowa county agrees to join a court appeal if the decision stands. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: Illinois regulators approve a ComEd pilot program that allows customers to test time-of-use rates. (Energy News Network)

OHIO: Today is the deadline for supporters of a referendum on nuclear and coal subsidies to submit petition signatures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers attorneys say no more studies are needed on whether the Dakota Access pipeline impacts tribes. (Associated Press)
• Developers release more details about a proposed oil pipeline that includes a section spanning 137 miles in North Dakota and Montana. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL: “We need to be proactive instead of reactive,” say some preparing for the transition from coal in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

A DTE Energy subsidiary will buy a natural gas gathering system and pipeline in Louisiana for $2.65 billion, giving it access to markets around the Gulf coast. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• St. Louis officials say a company’s technology that uses electricity in the fracking process could be applied to the construction industry. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Industry officials say President Trump is starting to lose key political support in Iowa over uncertain biofuel policy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Policy uncertainty is forcing Iowa ethanol plants to temporarily shut down or cut back production. (Sioux City Journal)
• Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says, if elected president, she would “reverse a lot” of the biofuel waivers recently granted to oil refiners. (WHO-TV)

SOLAR: We Energies plans a 2.25 MW solar project at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus. (Racine Journal Times)

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EMISSIONS: State and local officials in Iowa say a Trump administration policy easing vehicle emission standards would lead to more pollution and increased costs for drivers. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• Energy analysts say FirstEnergy has made “one costly error in judgment after another over the past couple of decades,” culminating its request for a $900 million bailout from ratepayers. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A columnist says it would be “truly fascinating” if federal investigators publish a list of politicians who allegedly got favors from ComEd in exchange for votes. (Chicago Sun Times)

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