Midwest Energy News

Solar ‘boom’ anticipated across the Midwest

SOLAR: Michigan looks to remove barriers to solar projects on agricultural land as a way to boost revenue for farmers while meeting climate goals. (Energy News Network)

• The number of proposed large-scale solar projects suggests a “boom is coming to the Midwest.” (PV Magazine)
• Several Midwestern cities join others across the U.S. in boosting solar capacity, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• Small solar companies in Iowa fear legislation to add monthly fees for solar customers could kill the state’s nascent industry. (InsideClimate News)
• Illinois holds a lottery today to select community solar proposals that would be eligible for state renewable energy credits. (Northern Public Radio)

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CLEAN ENERGY: The number of clean energy jobs grew by nearly 5% last year in Minnesota, according to a new report. Missouri and Wisconsin also had clean energy job gains. (Minnesota Public Radio, Columbia Daily Tribune, Wisconsin Public Radio)

COAL: Long-held plans for a coal mine in eastern Illinois move forward after state officials issue a key permit. (Champaign News-Gazette)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Michigan officials approve a permit for an Upper Peninsula power plant to burn pellets made from pre-consumer packaging waste. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette)

NUCLEAR: Minnesota officials say new nuclear plants aren’t the most cost effective way to meet the state’s ambitious carbon-free energy goals. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: The University of Michigan will purchase renewable power through DTE Energy to help meet the school’s emission reduction goals. (MLive)

POLICY: Federal lawmakers introduce bills to extend tax credits for biofuels and tighten regulations on oil and gas pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: Michigan State University officials say the school has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in recent years and plans to add more renewable energy to its portfolio. (MSU Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Purdue University researchers develop a “refillable” electric vehicle battery that replaces fluid every 300 miles, allowing a car to run for up to 3,000 miles. (Inside Indiana Business)

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CLIMATE: Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells a U.S. House committee that climate change is a threat to national security. (Omaha World-Herald)

COMMENTARY: A wind industry group says strong demand, low costs and new technology are “propelling wind to new heights.” (American Wind Energy Association)

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