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)

ALSO:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

OIL AND GAS:
• 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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GRID:
• 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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