Midwest Energy News

Study: Most injuries, illnesses among Illinois coal miners go unreported

UTILITIES: Midwest utilities have made clean energy pledges that go above and beyond what’s required by state law, but the commitments aren’t binding and lack urgency, critics say. (Midwest Energy News)

• Duke Energy is set to release a climate change report this month that “sketches a drastically changed electricity mix” in the future. (Axios)
• Shareholder resolutions filed with several Midwest utilities ask companies to address climate change risks and transition to clean energy. (InsideClimate News)

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COAL: A University of Illinois at Chicago study finds two-thirds of injuries and illnesses among Illinois coal miners aren’t reported to the federal agency that would investigate them. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• Farmers in southwest Minnesota discuss the financial benefits of including wind turbines on their land. (Marshall Independent)
• The Midwest’s wind energy industry can’t thrive unless transmission infrastructure improves, experts say. (Greentech Media)
• Uncertainty remains over future wind development in a northeastern Illinois county. (Pontiac Daily Leader)

PIPELINES: Minnesota residents want Enbridge to remove its entire Line 3 pipeline if a replacement project is approved. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR: A 53-acre solar project in central Nebraska is landscaped with bird- and pollinator-friendly native plants. (Kearney Hub)

CLEAN ENERGY: A student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pushes for a 100 percent clean energy goal on campus by 2030. (Daily Cardinal)

EMISSIONS: Great Lakes cities compete to reduce electricity use by their water utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

BIOFUELS: Iowa biofuel advocates say Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to give waivers to oil refiners would reduce biofuel production by 300 million gallons. (Radio Iowa)

• The U.S. EPA says 100 million cubic feet of methane leaked per day at a southeastern Ohio well. (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)
• More than 100 residents attend a township board meeting in south-central Michigan to oppose plans for a $500 million natural gas plant. (MLive)
• Contention over a $1 billion, 1,100-megawatt gas plant proposed in Michigan centers on whether renewables would be a cheaper option. A report also says renewables would create four-times more ongoing jobs than a gas plant. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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• Regional grid operator PJM asks federal regulators to update market compensation for power plants based on resiliency attributes, which critics say could amount to “low-profile bailouts.” (Utility Dive)
• A western Michigan city postpones a decision on a special assessment to bury a section of transmission lines. (Grand Haven Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Minnesota advocates say forward-thinking policies have made the state a leader in fostering clean energy investment. (MinnPost)

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