Midwest Energy News

Ousted Wisconsin regulator warns of deadlock over energy projects

REGULATION: A former Wisconsin Public Service Commissioner whose appointment was nullified by a recent court ruling says pending energy projects could stall before the board’s two members. (Wisconsin State Journal)

BIOFUELS:
• Spring flooding in the Midwest has caused ethanol shortages and contributed to increased gasoline prices as production capacity dropped 13 percent. (Reuters)
• Minnesota farmers and ethanol producers protest the U.S. EPA’s use of economic hardship waivers for small oil refineries. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

***SPONSORED LINK: Attend Infocast’s Midwest Renewable Energy Summit, April 16-18 in Chicago, to connect with the entire Midwest renewable energy community. Get the latest insights into the market and explore how changing economics and the coming PTC expiration will affect solar and wind. Register today!***

TRANSPORTATION: Construction begins on a large laboratory in Rockford, Illinois, to test electric aircraft systems. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES: Opponents ask a federal court to reject President Trump’s attempt to revive the Keystone XL pipeline with a presidential permit. (Associated Press)

WIND: Local opposition grows to a proposed wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula ahead of a referendum challenging local zoning rules. See here for background on the project. (Michigan Radio, Energy News Network archives)

EMISSIONS: A trial begins today in the U.S. EPA’s case against Ameren’s emissions violations after upgrading a Missouri coal plant in 2017. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota couple develops a solar-powered flashlight, lantern and cellphone charger for impoverished areas of the world. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Illinois environmental advocates want native plant species to accompany solar projects as the industry is expected to grow in the state. (WBBM)

NUCLEAR: Researchers find biased public attitudes against nuclear power that are based on fear. (Grist)

CLEAN TECH: A generator at a wastewater treatment facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, is helping the city boost its renewable energy capacity. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

POLICY: Federal lawmakers seek to extend clean energy tax credits and also add energy storage as a qualifying technology. (Utility Dive)

***SPONSORED LINK: Network and learn about cutting-edge energy topics at Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council’s 7th Annual Member Meeting. Google’s Vince Faherty to keynote. April 23 in East Lansing, MI. Register today before it’s sold out!***

OIL & GAS: North Dakota lawmakers send a bill to Gov. Doug Burgum that would repays oil tax revenue to government funds that had been shorted. (Forum News Service)

COMMENTARY: A researcher and former lawmaker says an Iowa bill that would assess fees on solar customers would “strangle small businesses.” (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

Comments are closed.