Midwest Energy News

Utility-scale solar gains steam in the Midwest as costs drop

SOLAR: Illinois’ Solar for All program is leading to solar projects that will save money for residents and organizations in low-income and environmental justice areas. (Energy News Network)

• Alliant Energy joins other Midwest utilities planning a large-scale solar build out in the coming years as costs decline and federal tax credits begin to phase out. (Greentech Media)
• Officials in Racine, Wisconsin, will hold a town hall-style meeting this week to discuss the city’s solar energy potential. (Racine Journal Times)

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PIPELINES: Nearly half of the 9,000 barrels of oil spilled from the Keystone pipeline have been recovered. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: The U.S. formally notifies the United Nations that it’s withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, though more than two dozen governors have vowed to meet the goals. (Newsweek)

COAL ASH: Coal industry leaders say the U.S. EPA’s plan to relax 2015 rules aimed at limiting coal ash pollution in water supplies could help plants run longer. (New York Times)

WIND:  State regulators’ consideration of a northern Ohio wind project is expected to last a couple of weeks. (Fremont News Messenger)

COAL: Murray Energy’s bankruptcy filing has regional lawmakers renewing their push to fix the United Mine Workers pension fund. (WEKU)

NUCLEAR: Purdue University researchers attempt to demonstrate how to operate a nuclear reactor with all digital, network-connected controls while at the same time mitigating cybersecurity risks. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke calls a long-term carbon-free energy plan an “insurance policy” for the future. (University of St. Thomas Newsroom)

EFFICIENCY: Reducing U.S. electricity consumption has been the main driver behind Daylight Saving Time. (WHO-TV)

• A law professor says Murray Energy’s bankruptcy shows it is “past time to discuss a just transition for coal miners.” (The Conversation)
• A Michigan columnist says the state’s governor and attorney general should follow a recent court ruling and allow a tunnel to be built for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)
• Pipeline spill cleanup plans need more scrutiny particularly in Great Lakes states, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An Iowa lawmaker says it’s “time to expand the production of biofuels, not scale back.” (Des Moines Register)

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