Midwest Energy News

Transportation cuts into Minnesota emissions progress

EMISSIONS: Minnesota is falling short of its emission-reduction goals due to increasing transportation emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: The chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission says the state is in the midst of a “fundamental transition” toward clean energy as coal plants close. (Energy News Network)

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GRID: Public comment on Illinois’ NextGrid plan, which outlines priorities for modernizing the state’s electric grid, is open until Thursday. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• A consumer advocate and coal industry association lead the opposition to AEP’s plan for two large solar projects in southern Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Local planning officials in eastern Illinois reject proposals for three community solar projects. (Danville Commercial-News)
• A central Illinois city will apply for state rebates to help cover the cost of solar installations in six different locations. (Effingham Daily News)

PIPELINES: An activist asks a judge to be dismissed from a federal racketeering lawsuit involving her participation in Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Meteorologists in central Illinois use a new tool to forecast daily potential wind and solar generation. (WEEK)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Customers have until the end of March to receive a full tax credit for buying electric General Motors models after the automaker passed 200,000 vehicle sales last year. (Detroit Free Press)

WIND:
• A Chicago-based developer refutes “inaccurate” information presented publicly against its plans for a wind project in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Customer demand is driving new wind energy investments for Duluth-based Allete Clean Energy. (Duluth News Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Attorneys debate whether a North Dakota law gives away $2 billion in oil and gas mineral assets under Lake Sakakawea. (Bismarck Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: Industry groups are concerned the government shutdown could delay new U.S. EPA rules allowing for year-round sales gasoline with higher blends of ethanol. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: A new law takes effect in Iowa this month requiring utilities to list an “energy efficiency programs charge” on customer bills. (CBS2)

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