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)

• 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)

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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)

• 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)

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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)

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