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)

ALSO:
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)

PIPELINES:
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)

OIL & GAS:
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)

BIOFUELS:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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