Midwest Energy News

Report: Region could have carbon-free electricity by 2050

EMISSIONS: A report says electricity generation in the middle of the country could be carbon-free by 2050 with existing technology. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND:
• A South Dakota wind turbine manufacturing facility will stay open after announcing last year it may have to lay off more than 400 people. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
• A company looks to jump-start wind development in southern Iowa. (Daily Iowegian)

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SOLAR:
• Kansas utility regulators hold a hearing this week on Westar Energy’s plan to add demand charges for residential solar customers. (E&E News, subscription)
• Solar group-buying programs take off in northern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• A design error increased the cost of a University of Illinois rooftop solar project by $1.2 million. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

PIPELINES: The Rover natural gas pipeline developer says Ohio environmental regulators are trying to delay the project. (Reuters)

COAL:
• Residents near a planned expansion of an Indiana surface coal mine seek more safeguards from the development. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency cites a company for allegedly contaminating the Middle Fork River at a coal ash storage site. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)
• Local officials in Green Bay, Wisconsin, hope to relocate coal piles along the Fox River in order to facilitate development. (WLUK)
• Employees at an Indiana coal mine are evacuated after drilling into a pocket of methane gas. (WBIW)

UTILITIES: Russian hackers have breached U.S. utility control rooms where they could cause blackouts, federal officials say. (Wall Street Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Winona, Minnesota, officials are disappointed that Volkswagen settlement funds won’t be used to build an EV charging network along the Mississippi River. (Winona Post)
• Advocates push to install more EV charging stations in North Dakota. (KFGO)

RENEWABLES: Indiana University researchers conclude that state renewable energy standards are key for driving clean energy development. (news release)

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OHIO: Environmental groups take prospective lawmakers to an injection well and a proposed coal strip mine to highlight the region’s challenges. (Athens News)

COMMENTARY: A risk analysis on the potential for an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac should be the “final coffin nail” to convince policymakers to shut down Line 5, an editorial says. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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