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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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