Midwest Energy News

Utility regulators face tough decisions amid electric vehicle deployment

ADVOCACY: A successful push to rid petcoke storage piles from a neighborhood on Chicago’s Southeast Side prepared residents for their next air pollution challenge. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utility regulators from Ohio, Michigan, and elsewhere discuss the consequential decisions they face as utilities seek to grow EV infrastructure and deployment. (E&E News)

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WIND:
• Rural Ohio residents disagree over wind projects as state lawmakers consider changes to property setback requirements. (Fremont News-Messenger)
• Some mid-Michigan residents are concerned local officials are pushing for more wind development. (WNEM)

SOLAR:
• Consumers Energy files plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission for expanding solar deployment beyond 6 gigawatts by 2040. (pv Magazine)
• Tesla is expected to close solar facilities in nine states as part of a downsizing plan. (Reuters)
• The School Sisters of Notre Dame unveil a five-acre solar garden in Mankato, Minnesota. (KEYC)

PIPELINES:
• Analysts say it’s hard to say how much more oil might be transported by rail if Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project is denied. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• State officials are managing an oil pipeline rupture in mid-Michigan that spilled into a nearby creek. (WLNS)

OIL AND GAS:
• Methane leaks from U.S. oil and gas fields may be 60 percent higher than official U.S. EPA estimates, according to a new study. (InsideClimate News)
• Residents in northwestern Iowa are evacuated after a train derailment spilled crude oil. (Des Moines Register)
• Native Americans file a complaint to quash oil drilling permits in North Dakota they say threaten drinking water. (Courthouse News Service)

TRANSMISSION: Xcel Energy plants pollinator-friendly gardens under a transmission line in a Twin Cities suburb. (Pioneer Press)

NUCLEAR: Chicago-based Exelon is an early backer of the latest carbon tax and dividend plan led by former U.S. lawmakers. (Utility Dive)

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NATURAL GAS: The Ohio Power Siting Board approves the construction of a 1,050 MW natural gas plant in eastern Ohio. (Harrison News-Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A Sierra Club representative says Cleveland has an opportunity to lead with its 100 percent renewable energy target. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Similar to solar energy’s “duck curve,” experts say wind energy presents some manageable challenges across the Upper Midwest. (Greentech Media)
• The Center for the American Experiment says its “awesome billboards” in Minnesota explain why wind is not cost-effective. (City Pages)

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