Midwest Energy News

U.N. report underscores need for clean energy in Wisconsin, officials say

CORRECTION: An article linked in yesterday’s digest incorrectly stated that Minnesota was halfway to meeting its emissions reduction goal. The report cited in the article was specifically for state government facilities.

CLIMATE: Local officials in Wisconsin say the latest United Nations report on climate change underscores the need for local action on clean energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Environmental groups file a federal complaint against a Michigan agency for allowing a nuclear plant to discharge waste into Lake Erie under an expired permit. (Monroe News)

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SOLAR:
• Organic Valley’s plan to partner with 10 communities on solar projects will boost Wisconsin’s solar portfolio by 33 percent. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• An Iowa solar company receives a $200,000 research grant to evaluate the performance of large-scale solar-plus-storage in the state. (Ottumwa Courier)
• A Minnesota resident drums up local support for a community solar project on her property after facing roadblocks from local officials. (White Bear Press)
• A northeastern Illinois county approves a solar project over objections from city and township officials. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

BIOFUELS:
• Skeptics say President Trump’s plan to boost ethanol sales won’t have much impact on the industry or farmers since E15 sales are fairly small. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• University of Michigan researchers receive federal grant funding to separate oil from algae to create a viable diesel fuel blend. (Detroit Free Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota is among a growing number of states to offer clean energy financing programs for low- and moderate-income residents. (OZY)

POWER PLANTS: A former Michigan coal plant is converted to a combined heat and power project that supplies nearby industrial customers. (Hillsdale Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota utility regulators dismiss a complaint by environmental groups over the permitting of an oil refinery near a national park. (Forum News Service)
• North Dakota lawmakers propose infrastructure funding after revising the revenue distribution from oil and gas taxes. (Bismarck Tribune)
• State lawmakers also advance proposals for tribal tax agreements though they don’t resolve disputes over oil tax revenue. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: An Upper Peninsula resident is running for local office to change zoning regulations amid a contentious wind project proposal. (Houghton Mining Gazette)

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RENEWABLES:
• Clean energy advocates ask southern Illinois residents how renewable energy can benefit the region as a result of the Future Energy Jobs Act. (WSIL)
• The U.S. EPA recognizes Michigan State University’s renewable energy plan that transitions from coal. (press release)

COMMENTARY: An Indiana college newspaper editorial says the federal government needs to play a larger role in addressing climate change. (Indiana Daily Student)

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