Midwest Energy News

Wind energy still faces uncertain future in Wisconsin

SOLAR: A solar project at a former industrial site in northern Michigan highlights the opportunities and challenges ahead for “brownfield to brightfield” development. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Local officials approve plans for a 100 MW solar project in southeastern Iowa. (Muscatine Journal)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign legislation that clarifies tax exemptions for small-scale solar installations. (MiBiz)

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WIND: A stalled wind project in northwestern Wisconsin shows the industry’s uncertain future statewide. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES:
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum asks the Keystone Pipeline’s owner to review its inspection and monitoring of the line after last week’s oil spill. (Associated Press)
• The Keystone spill has prompted at least one congressional inquiry about management by its owner, TC Energy. (E&E News, subscription)
• Pipeline opponents point to last week’s spill as TC Energy seeks water permits in South Dakota to build the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Ohio oil refiners praise a judge’s ruling last week declaring a plan to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline constitutional. (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: While most electric vehicle models are technically available for purchase in Minnesota, the selection on car lots in the state is extremely limited, an electric vehicle expert says. (MinnPost)

RENEWABLES: Native American leaders seek to empower tribes to develop their own renewable energy. (Allegheny Front)

STORAGE: Indiana utility NIPSCO’s long-term energy plan “shocked the U.S. power industry” with its dependence on solar-plus-storage. (PV Magazine)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power seek roughly 15% rate increases to help pay for grid infrastructure upgrades and renewable energy. (MPR News)

COAL: Murray Energy’s bankruptcy filing raises questions about the future and reclamation of 13 mines the company owns. (Columbus Dispatch)

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NUCLEAR: The CEO of Exelon says the utility aims to operate at the “highest ethical standards” as it seeks legislative support for four nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
Minnesota regulators’ rejection of oil refineries’ arguments against an electric vehicle pilot project was a victory for clean energy, a climate activist writes. (MinnPost)
Robert Murray’s advocacy for coal-fired power has been “quieted by an even more powerful presence: free market forces,” a Forbes columnist writes.

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