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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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