Midwest Energy News

SUVs still dominate Detroit auto show

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Despite automaker promises to unroll new electric vehicle models, only two are being unveiled at the Detroit auto show this week. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Large capital investments and grid infrastructure upgrades have driven up Kansas’ electric rates, new studies show. (Topeka Capital Journal)

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SOLAR:
• Nearly all of the Illinois community solar projects seeking to qualify for a state solar program are proposed outside the Chicago area. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Wisconsin residents concerned about a proposed 2,100-acre solar project ask state regulators to adopt siting regulations for large projects. (Daily Jefferson County Union)
• A national developer seeks to build nearly 20 solar projects across two mid-Michigan counties. (Greenville Daily News)
• An Iowa casino and hotel expects to save $2 million over the next 20 years with a solar installation. (Sioux City Journal)
• Local officials in northwestern Illinois move forward with plans for a solar project at a sewage treatment plant. (Rock Island Dispatch-Argus)
• Two solar projects in western Ohio totaling 150 MW of capacity await reviews by the state Power Siting Board. (Eaton Register-Herald)

TRANSMISSION:
• The Environmental Law and Policy Center assembles a team of experts to bolster its case against a proposed transmission line through southwestern Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A Nebraska lawmaker introduces legislation to block a proposed transmission project through the Sandhills region of central Nebraska. (NET)

WIND: County officials in northwestern Missouri consider plans for a wind project. (St. Joseph News-Press)

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RENEWABLES: Illinois is among at least nine states with governors who have signed 100 percent renewable energy pledges. (Rock Island Dispatch-Argus)

NUCLEAR: The former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a new book that U.S. nuclear power is “more hazardous than it is worth.” (WISN)

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