Midwest Energy News

Shale gas pioneer says Bakken production to peak in two years

OIL & GAS: A shale gas pioneer predicts the Bakken field in North Dakota will hit its peak production levels within the next two years. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: New benchmarking requirements in St. Paul, Minnesota, will track energy usage in 700 buildings in an effort to lower the city’s emissions. (Star Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Andy Levin of Michigan propose building a national network of EV fast-charging stations in the next five years. (Reuters)
• Xcel Energy launches a two-year pilot program allowing customers to pay fixed monthly fees for EV charging. (MPR News)

GRID: A study says PJM capacity market prices could collapse if four states objecting to a price floor rule opt to leave the regional market. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
• Northern U.S. states added 407 MW of small-scale solar in 2019, led by Illinois, which added 111 MW. (PV Magazine)
• Advocates in Columbus, Ohio, launch the city’s first solar group-buying program meant to lower installation costs. (WCMH)

COAL:
• Large business groups support Ameren Missouri’s appeal of a court ruling requiring the utility to add pollution controls at a St. Louis-area coal plant. (E&E News, subscription)
• An Indiana judge rules a state agency violated its own public comment rules when it issued an air pollution permit for a planned coal-to-diesel fuel plant. (Evansville Courier & Press)

TRANSMISSION: Invenergy plans to include broadband capabilities along the Missouri portion of the Grain Belt Express transmission line. (Kansas City Business Journal)

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BIOGAS: CenterPoint Energy in Minnesota backs legislation that would make it easier to produce biogas from dairy herds, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. (WCCO)

COMMENTARY:
• “What is this, the 20th century?” an Indiana editorial board asks of a bill to make it more difficult to retire the state’s coal plants. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• Arguments that 100% clean energy goals are unnecessary, infeasible or too expensive are “questionable and quite likely incorrect,” says a principal at Brattle Group. (Utility Dive)
• Activist and author Winona LaDuke says tribes are facing “regulatory exhaustion” from their fight against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. (The Circle)

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