Midwest Energy News

Upper Midwest utilities predict major grid, transmission investments

SOLAR: Utilities and developers are preparing to build thousands of megawatts of solar across Michigan, but most communities don’t have local policies to govern the land-use impacts, researchers find. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An Indiana solar developer releases a sustainability plan to be carbon neutral by 2025 while building zero-waste projects. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A University of Nebraska campus will subscribe to a solar project to help meet its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. (NTV)

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GRID: Upper Midwest utilities predict major grid and transmission investments will be needed in the coming decades to maintain reliability as coal plants close and more renewables come online. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge hires contractors to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, giving a 2024 completion date despite ongoing legal disputes. (Associated Press)
• As in Minnesota with Line 3, Democrats in Michigan are divided over a proposal to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Michigan Radio)

POLITICS: Illinois lawmakers will be balancing competing interests as they take up sweeping energy reforms included in the Clean Energy Jobs Act. (Herald & Review)

COAL: Indiana lawmakers have 10 days remaining in this year’s session to negotiate a final version of a bill involving coal plant retirements. (Indianapolis Star)

UTILITIES: Ameren Illinois releases a legislative plan to boost clean energy while “keeping costs affordable for downstate consumers,” company officials say. (Alton Telegraph)

WIND:
• Residents hope for lower utility bills as three large-scale wind projects prepare to come online in northwestern Missouri. (Northwest Missourian)
• North Dakota regulators reject plans for a wind project based on concerns over blinking turbine lights near a military base. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLEAN TECH: A competition held in Milwaukee this week helps startups commercialize a variety of advanced energy technologies. (WUWM)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan should leverage $65 million in Volkswagen settlement funds for electric vehicles to help secure its “pole position in mobility innovation,” advanced energy advocates say. (Energy News Network)
• A group helps residents in a rural southwestern Minnesota county discuss approaches to wind energy development to “shape energy policy and action.” (Daily Yonder)
• An Iowa state representative says a compromise between utilities and clean energy groups over net metering is an example of “good bipartisan work.” (Des Moines Register)

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