Midwest Energy News

White House seeks to repair relationship with biofuel industry

BIOFUELS: White House officials arrange to meet with representatives from biofuel companies about plans to increase biofuel blending mandates, attempting to secure support as the administration faces backlash from the industry. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: The Trump administration asks a federal judge to reject a lawsuit from tribes trying to block the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

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OHIO: A political group defending subsidies to Ohio nuclear and coal plants deploys on-the-ground political workers to block voters from signing a petition that seeks a public referendum on the payouts. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy officials tell North Dakota regulators the utility is on track to cut carbon emissions 80% by 2030. (Prairie Public News)

EFFICIENCY: Business owners in Des Moines, Iowa, begin to work through the city’s benchmarking ordinance for energy efficiency. (KCCI)

WIND: County officials in central Iowa take public comment on a proposed wind energy moratorium as setback distances are considered. (WHO-TV)

COAL:
• The University of Notre Dame makes progress on its goal to end coal use by the end of 2020. (The Observer)
• An Ohio coal company plans to lay off more than 200 workers due primarily to AEP’s decision to close the remaining units at a coal plant next year. (Zanesville Times Recorder)

OIL & GAS: A court ruling favoring North Dakota landowners in a dispute with the state over oil and gas mineral rights could impact hundreds of landowners. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• The University of Illinois is poised to sign a 20-year contract for power from a planned 20 MW solar project. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• County officials seek to allocate funding for two solar projects in central Wisconsin. (WSAU)
• Officials plan to unveil six solar arrays totaling 1.5 MW for Minnesota school districts later this month. (Brainerd Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: EV startup company Rivian, which plans to manufacture vehicles in Illinois and Michigan, secures another $350 million equity investment. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

COMMENTARY: While offering low-income residents access to community solar projects is a noble cause, program structures need to change in order to attract interest rather than deter residents, according to a Chicago-based developer. (Energy News Network)

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