Midwest Energy News

Walmart plans large solar investment in Illinois

SOLAR: Walmart announces plans to install 23 MW of solar capacity at two distribution centers and 19 stores in Illinois. (CNBC)

• Minnesota credit unions launch a program offering solar financing at low rates to its 1.7 million members. (PV Magazine)
• A St. Louis-area group-buying program doubles the number of solar installations among members from last year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An Ohio school superintendent says uncertainty over revenue from two solar projects may jeopardize an upcoming local vote on tax support for the district by suggesting it won’t need the money. (Hillsboro Times-Gazette)

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POWER PLANTS: Exelon’s CEO renews his call for a price on carbon emissions as a preferable alternative to subsidies for struggling coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

• Ameren announces plans to acquire a 157 MW wind project in northwestern Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A wind turbine at Port Milwaukee reaches a generation milestone since coming online in 2012 and produces more electricity than the port uses. (FOX6)

POLITICS: The two leading candidates for governor in Michigan show stark contrasts over their position on government’s role in energy policy. (Bridge Magazine)

GRID: Grid operator MISO seeks proposals for transmission or generation to offset reliability issues caused by the planned suspension of a coal plant near Detroit. (RTO Insider)

• Environmental groups argue in court this week that Ameren is dumping billions of gallons of harmful wastewater from a coal plant into the Missouri River. (KOMU)
• Some local officials in northwestern Indiana worry about the potential loss of tax revenue after a large coal plant closes. (Kankakee Valley Post News)

RENEWABLES: Virtual power purchase agreements are an emerging way for large companies to directly purchase renewable energy to meet sustainability goals. (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES: Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe are suing over the five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy advocates say closing six more coal plants in southern Illinois could reduce the state’s carbon emissions by up to 48 percent by 2030. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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