Midwest Energy News

Wind ‘quickly becoming the new baseload,’ Midwest utility executive says

WIND:
• A Minnesota utility executive says “wind is quickly becoming the new baseload” as utilities transition from coal power. (Yale Climate Connections)
A North Dakota wind project will increase its capacity by 11 MW after repowering with new blades and gearboxes. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Enbridge opens the Canadian portion of the Line 3 pipeline expansion and signs labor contracts for the Minnesota section amid a state regulatory review. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors says a $2.3 billion partnership with LG Chem in Ohio will result in one of the largest electric vehicle battery plants in the world. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: A developer sues a mid-Michigan township after it adopted a 90-day moratorium effectively blocking a proposed 850-acre solar project. (Lansing State Journal)

UTILITIES:
University of Iowa officials will review four bids for a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to operate the school’s utilities system. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Indiana consumer advocates raise concerns about a ruling by state regulators that favors industrial NIPSCO customers over residential ratepayers. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

OIL & GAS: Ohio’s governor meets with officials of a company proposing to build a multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant but offers no “substantive update” on the project. (Associated Press)

COAL: The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity trade group is a shell of its former self, but its remaining industry members don’t plan on leaving as utilities have. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
Minnesota cleaning chemicals firm Ecolab pledges to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and offset its factories’ power use with renewables. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• University of Michigan climate activists say school officials should commit to carbon neutrality by 2030. (MLive)
• Michigan should produce more renewable energy and import less coal, oil and gas to help limit climate impacts, according to a new report. (Detroit Metro Times)

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BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA is addressing biofuel industry concerns over blending requirements and expects to send a proposal to the White House soon. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: A law professor says Iowa should promote its role as a wind energy leader as presidential candidates campaign there. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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