Midwest Energy News

Study: Major pipeline spill would cost Michigan $6.3 billion

PIPELINES: A major pipeline spill in the Straits of Mackinac would cost Michigan’s economy $6.3 billion, according to a Michigan State University study. (Michigan Radio)

• A clean energy business association gains traction in Minnesota with a simple message: Clean energy means jobs. (Midwest Energy News)
• Kansas City Power & Light partners with the city to achieve ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. (Midwest Energy News)

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POLITICS: U.S. wind and solar companies have donated far more money to Republicans than Democrats in congressional races this election cycle, “an unprecedented tilt to the right” for the industry. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates call on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto legislation that would scale back the state’s energy efficiency programs. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• A company will add nearly 500 MW of wind capacity in Illinois by the end of 2019. (Daily Herald)
• MidAmerican Energy will add two new wind projects in southwestern Iowa by the end of the year. (KCCI)
• Local officials in an eastern South Dakota county consider changes to wind siting regulations. (Watertown Public Opinion)

• Xcel Energy will build its third community solar project in Wisconsin due to strong customer interest. (La Crosse Tribune)
• An Ohio company stands out by being “one of the most experienced solar installers in the Midwest. (Batesville Herald Tribune)

• Mayors near the recent explosion at a Wisconsin refinery ask the owner to stop using hydrogen fluoride to process gasoline. (Associated Press)
• New natural gas plants are bringing more than $4.6 billion in investment to northeastern Ohio. (Business Journal)

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COAL: An environmental group is concerned about groundwater contamination at 15 sites around Indiana where coal ash is stored. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board hopes voters in Youngstown reject another attempt to ban fracking in the city. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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