Midwest Energy News

Renewables are now second-largest source of energy in Minnesota

MICROGRIDS: Illinois regulators approve ComEd’s request to develop a $25 million microgrid on Chicago’s South Side and bill ratepayers for the project. (Midwest Energy News)

MINNESOTA: Renewable energy from hydro, solar and wind now make up the second-largest portion of in-state generation in Minnesota behind coal. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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• An eastern Minnesota school district helped spark a strong interest in solar development in rural parts of the state. (MinnPost)
• Students are raising tens of thousands of dollars to install a solar project at a northern Michigan high school. (WPBN)
• An Indiana college plans to install solar panels to offset electricity costs. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A southeastern Michigan farmhouse powered by solar and geothermal is certified as one of the most eco-friendly homes in the world. (MLive)

• Plans for curbing carbon emissions in the Midwest are “notably scarce” following the failure to create a regional cap-and-trade program a decade ago. (E&E News, subscription)
• The leader of the University of Kansas College Republicans joins a coalition that supports a carbon tax and dividend plan in Congress. (Axios)

FRAC SAND: An amendment to grant an environmental exemption for a proposed frac sand processing plant in Wisconsin hits a snag in the state Senate. (Associated Press)

GRID: The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says the state should be a leader in sparking grid modernization investments. (Columbus Business First)

WIND: The Center for Rural Affairs offers a wind energy ordinance guide to help local governments develop regulations. (Nebraska Radio Network)

• A majority of residents who spoke at a public hearing opposed a Minnesota utility’s plan to invest in a new $700 million natural gas plant. (Duluth News Tribune)
• An Ohio gas company says a drop in natural gas prices and federal tax reform will lead to lower bills for customers. (Columbus Dispatch)

TRANSPORTATION: An on-demand service that delivers gasoline to drivers launches in St. Louis, Cleveland and the Twin Cities. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: Federal tax reform that lowers the corporate income tax rate is projected to save Wisconsin ratepayers more than $275 million. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• The president of the National Farmers Union says incentives for renewable energy and biofuels have helped “revitalize rural communities.” (Quad-City Times)
• The oil and gas industry’s slow and steady growth in the Bakken region is a better scenario than the “wild days” of the oil boom, the Bismarck Tribune editorial board says.

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