Midwest Energy News

Wind farms face ‘newly invigorated rebellion’ across the region

WIND: Opponents of a proposed southern Minnesota wind farm are part of a “newly invigorated rebellion” against projects across the region. (Associated Press)

• A proposed wind project in Michigan shows the divide over renewable energy development as advocates pursue a 30 percent renewables ballot initiative. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)
• Policy proposals in Ohio could help shape the wind industry’s future there. (Associated Press)

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• A 4-megawatt solar project is being developed at a former landfill in northeast Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Local taxing authorities in Illinois could share hundreds of thousands of dollars a year if a new 70 MW project is built, a solar developer says. (Kenawee Star Courier)
• A northwestern Illinois county considers a proposal for a 10 MW solar project. (SaukValley.com)
• Land-use experts are helping communities across Michigan prepare for potential large-scale solar projects. (Iron Mountain Daily News)

• A new pipeline system is proposed in North Dakota to move growing volumes of natural gas liquids from the Bakken area. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Keystone XL pipeline opponents ask a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails related to President Trump’s approval of the project. (Associated Press)

GRID: Three utilities have a preferred route for a high-voltage transmission project spanning Madison, Wisconsin, to Dubuque, Iowa. (Wisconsin State Journal)

EFFICIENCY: A Minnesota agency announces 39 projects selected for grants aimed at boosting energy efficiency across the state. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan-based Consumers Energy announces a second “energy district” that will include solar panels, electric vehicle charging, high-performance building and battery storage. (MLive)

UTILITIES: An Indiana utility will invest heavily in the coming years in new natural gas and solar projects. (Evansville Courier & Press)

CLIMATE: Hundreds of U.S. mayors sign a joint letter opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (Yale Environment 360)

POLITICS: A consumer advocacy group alleges grid operator PJM violated rules by making campaign contributions with membership funds. (RTO Insider)

• Energy analysts say despite Michigan utilities’ opposition to a proposed renewable energy ballot initiative, the approach has worked in other states. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Minnesota’s biofuels industry has led directly to local economic benefits, says the head of Minnesota Soybean Processors. (Worthington Globe)

Correction: Six buildings at an Illinois school district rank among the top 25 percent of school buildings nationwide for energy efficiency. A link in Tuesday’s digest misstated the buildings’ rank.

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