Midwest Energy News

Some Michigan Democrats oppose Line 5 lawsuit

PIPELINES: Six House Democrats in Michigan oppose the attorney general’s lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 pipeline, which they say doesn’t provide alternatives. (Detroit News)

WIND:
• Construction moves forward on a 20,000-acre wind project in eastern Kansas. (KVOE)
• Developers say they don’t “want to give up” on Ohio despite policy restrictions from state lawmakers. (E&E News, subscription)
• Two lawsuits seek to block further wind development in Nebraska’s Sandhills region. (North Platte Telegraph)

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SOLAR:
• Invenergy begins preliminary planning for a large solar project near Madison, Wisconsin. (Waunakee Tribune)
• An 18-acre solar project is unveiled in southwestern Wisconsin. (Fennimore Times)
• Duke Energy announces plans for a 1.6 MW solar project near Purdue University. (InsideIndiana Business)
• A municipal utility in northern Michigan finalizes a deal to purchase more solar power from a third-party developer. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• City officials consider plans for a solar project in southern Missouri to help reduce customers’ electric bills. (West Plains Daily Quill)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford and Volkswagen are expected to announce a partnership today to develop electric and autonomous vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: WEC Energy Group plans $14 billion in grid modernization projects in Wisconsin over the next four years. (WisBusiness)

OIL & GAS: Construction begins on a 1,200 MW natural gas plant near Chicago. (Kallanish Energy)

BIOENERGY: A biodigester project in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will cost more than double what was originally estimated, cutting into potential savings for customers. (MLive)

COAL: Two consumer groups challenge an air permit issued to a proposed coal-to-diesel refinery in southern Indiana. (WEHT)

EFFICIENCY: Xcel Energy launches a program in Wisconsin that incentivizes customers to purchase smart thermostats to help reduce demand during peak periods. (LaCrosse Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan leads a delegation to Germany for an international seminar on renewable energy. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

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UTILITIES: The University of Iowa moves forward with plans for a public-private partnership to run its utilities system. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: Xcel Energy is unnecessarily delaying large-scale solar projects while scaling back distributed energy resources, according to PV Magazine.

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