Midwest Energy News

Solar is a cash crop for some Michigan farmers

SOLAR:
• Some Michigan farmers say a change in state policy earlier this year allowing them to lease land to solar developers will generate more revenue than growing crops. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Clean energy groups say DTE Energy could build 2,000 MW of solar in the near-term while saving customers roughly $1 billion by 2040, contrary to the utility’s recent modeling. (PV Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s two largest cities have set ambitious climate targets over the coming decades and say building efficiency will be the top priority to reduce carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

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COAL ASH: More than 100 active and inactive coal ash storage sites, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast, are in areas that federal emergency managers have labeled a high risk of flooding. (Politico)

PIPELINES: The Nebraska Supreme Court upholds the planned Keystone XL pipeline route across the state, though three federal lawsuits in Montana are preventing construction. (Omaha World-Herald)

WIND:
• Plans to build a 50-turbine wind project along the Mississippi River in southern Illinois stall as local officials respond to safety concerns from residents. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Ameren plans to start construction in Missouri this year on two wind projects totaling 700 MW. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BIOFUELS:
• President Trump agrees to boost biofuel blending quotas for oil refineries in an attempt to tamp down political fallout in Midwestern states. (Bloomberg)
• Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa speaks with President Trump and other top officials about plans to ease concerns among Midwest farmers over ethanol waivers. (Radio Iowa)

UTILITIES: Indiana utility Vectren receives roughly 100 proposals for third-party energy projects, mostly wind and solar, as part of its integrated resource planning process. (Evansville Courier & Press)

GRID: Minnesota clean energy advocates say improved transmission to move low-cost renewable energy across the grid is a top priority for addressing climate change. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

RENEWABLES: County officials in Kansas tighten regulations on wind and solar projects near Wichita. (North American Windpower)

COMMENTARY:
• A Wisconsin editorial board says the state is “making real progress at transitioning away from its heavy reliance on imported coal.” (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Three Republican lawmakers in Michigan say shutting down the Line 5 pipeline before a tunnel is built would harm propane customers and cost jobs. (MLive)
• The manager of an oil refinery in Ohio says overly aggressive biofuel blending mandates create an “unreasonable burden” that threatens the regional economy. (Toledo Blade)

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