Midwest Energy News

Study: Midwestern states help drive down the cost of wind energy

WIND: Midwestern states helped drive down the average cost of wind energy to $20 per megawatt-hour in 2017, according to a federal report. (Greentech Media)

• Missouri regulators give initial approval for the state’s third-largest utility to build a 600 MW wind project. (KSNF)
• Kansas emerges as a top state for wind energy production. (Garden City Telegram)

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• Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act is driving an influx of solar companies to form or expand in the state. (Energy News Network)
• Pollinator-friendly habitats and native plant bases help build local support for solar projects and address land use concerns, experts say. (Utility Dive)
• Land use considerations were a key part in the approval of a 10 MW solar project in Missouri. (pv Magazine)
• An Indiana solar project expands by 25 acres, increasing total capacity to 8 MW. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)

PIPELINES: An American Indian-owned construction company in Minnesota bids on several Enbridge contracts to replace the Line 3 pipeline amid tribal opposition to the project. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FRAC SAND: U.S. oil and gas drilling is expected to drive “extreme” demand for western Wisconsin frac sand, a report says. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan partners with the United Kingdom to advance electric vehicle technology. (WXYZ)

COAL: A study commissioned by the coal mining industry that includes Ohio and Indiana says it would cost more to transition to natural gas than to maintain coal plants. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

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STORAGE: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota introduces a bill to increase funding for energy storage projects. (E&E News, subscription)

• Advocates say the Trump administration’s “Dirty Power Plan” does nothing to accelerate or even recognize the Midwest’s shift to clean energy. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An editorial says a Michigan county with the highest density of wind turbines is right to increase noise monitoring. (Huron Daily Tribune)

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