Midwest Energy News

Pollinator-friendly solar is the norm in Minnesota

POLITICS: Presidential candidate Jay Inslee calls on MidAmerican Energy to stop burning coal in new campaign ads in Iowa. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Pollinator-friendly plantings at large solar projects have become the norm in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A Wisconsin school district partners with We Energies and a developer on a planned 2 MW solar project. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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UTILITIES: The Ohio Supreme Court orders state regulators to eliminate a $168 million grid modernization charge on FirstEnergy customers because it includes no requirement on how the utility must spend the money. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: St. Louis-based coal companies Peabody Energy and Arch Coal plan to combine their assets in Wyoming and Colorado under a joint venture. (St. Louis Business Journal)

POLICY:
• The U.S. EPA releases a Clean Power Plan replacement that aims to keep coal plants open longer and would undercut progress on reducing carbon emissions. (New York Times)
• The costs of the Affordable Clean Energy plan could exceed benefits by up to $980 million a year. (E&E News, subscription)
• Michigan Attorney General Nessel plans to work with other states to challenge the plan. (9&10 News)

WIND: An Illinois wholesale power provider will purchase 50 MW of wind power for municipal customers. (LaSalle News Tribune)

PIPELINES: Michigan’s top environmental regulator discusses the administration’s plan to protect water quality as Line 5 discussions continue. (Michigan Advance)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota-based retailer Best Buy plans to help customers reduce their energy use by emphasizing more energy efficiency products. (WCCO)

FRACKING: Researchers say 84% of studies published from 2009 to 2015 on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing conclude the industry causes harm to human health. (Daily Climate)

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OIL & GAS: A pipeline leak in North Dakota causes about 8,400 gallons of produced water to spill. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A North Dakota editorial board says wind energy “remains an important player in the state’s energy industry.” (Bismarck Tribune)
• A Minnesota activist and health professional says action is needed on climate change to avoid environmental disaster. (MinnPost)

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