Midwest Energy News

Two major solar projects approved in Wisconsin

SOLAR: Wisconsin regulators approve two large-scale solar projects that will increase the state’s solar capacity nearly five-fold. (Milwaukee Daily Reporter)

• North Dakota considers a rule change that would allow large-scale solar projects on prime farmland. (Energy News Network)
• Illinois’ lottery for renewable energy credits awards five solar projects in the Rockford area as well as an installation at a wastewater treatment plant. (Rockford Register Star, WGIL)

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• Toxic coal ash stored at closed and operating Illinois coal plants poses a contamination risk when floodwaters rise. (Energy News Network)
• A national nonprofit advocacy group supporting the coal industry sees Indiana as its next battleground state. (Indianapolis Star)

POWER PLANTS: Indiana lawmakers reject legislation that would have put a moratorium on new power plants bigger than 250 MW. (Indianapolis Star)

• Youth activists in Minnesota push for a statewide Green New Deal to boost renewables and quickly drive down greenhouse gas emissions. (Fast Company)
• U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is drafting legislation for a national clean energy standard. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators seek public comment on electric vehicle deployment and the role of utilities in building EV infrastructure. (Utility Dive)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Nebraska regulators cite a waste-to-energy plant for failing to control air emissions. (Sioux City Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana and Minnesota have the largest growth in clean energy jobs, according to a new survey. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

• The U.S. wind industry has added 8 GW of power each year since 2015 due in part to federal tax credits. (RTO Insider)
• Hormel Foods signs a power purchase agreement tied to a 74 MW wind project being built in Nebraska. (Renewables Now)

• Renewable energy advocates support a proposed rule in Illinois that would treat cloud-based computing software the same as on-site computing systems. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Candidates for a Minnesota electric co-op board lose their election, “dashing hopes they could increase transparency and accelerate the transition to cleaner energy sources.” (Minnesota Public Radio)

OVERSIGHT: U.S. House Democrats investigate whether top EPA officials violated ethics rules by launching a rollback of air pollution regulations that benefited former lobbying clients, including DTE Energy. (Politico)

• Wisconsin regulators approve a nine-mile, $31 million natural gas pipeline to serve a Foxconn plant. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signs legislation addressing the misallocation of oil tax revenue. (Forum News Service)

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RENEWABLES: A company plans to power its data centers in Illinois and Texas with 100% renewable energy. (Cleantechnica)

COMMENTARY: FirstEnergy has spent millions of dollars on outside lobbying as it seeks bailouts for nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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