Midwest Energy News

Sen. Grassley says EPA chief should resign if biofuel waivers continue

EFFICIENCY: A Chicago survey finds white homeowners are more informed than other utility customers about smart meters. (Midwest Energy News)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley wants EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s ousted if he continues granting biofuel waivers for oil refiners. (Reuters)

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WIND:
• An Ohio county extends a decision on a wind project permit as it considers new siting regulations. (Dayton Daily News)
• A Minnesota lawmaker introduces legislation to require radar-activated lighting systems on wind turbines. (North American Windpower)
• A Minnesota judge says a planned 200 MW wind project failed to meet state noise standards. (Albert Lea Tribune)

SOLAR: In central Illinois, local officials advance plans for pair of solar projects in Knox County, as well as a 2 MW project in the city of Lacon. (Galesburg Register-Mail, Peoria Journal Star)

POLICY: A Michigan legislative committee holds its first hearings on a package of bills that would incentivize self-generation. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

PIPELINES: A private security firm says it would be willing to settle a lawsuit over its involvement in the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS:
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be the keynote speaker at an oil industry conference this month in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Gas production in North Dakota hits another high as oil production declines. (Bismarck Tribune)

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UTILITIES: An Indiana utility seeks input on new generation options as it retires coal plants. (La Porte County Herald Argus)

EMISSIONS: A majority of U.S. residents wants the federal government to take action on air pollution, a new study finds. (Michigan Radio)

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