Midwest Energy News

Wind, solar prices continue to drop in Minnesota

RENEWABLES: Costs of building wind and solar projects in Minnesota continue to drop, while wind may be the state’s cheapest source of new electricity, a report finds. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• A renewable energy power purchase agreement would help the University of Michigan reduce campus emissions by 25 percent. (MLive)
• Wisconsin could increase jobs and improve public health by transitioning to in-state generation from renewables, a study says. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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OVERSIGHT: Wisconsin clean energy advocates hope the state’s Public Service Commission will be more proactive on clean energy issues under new leadership. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Developers announce plans for a 349-mile underground transmission line to move wind energy from rural Iowa to Chicago and other cities. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

SOLAR:
• Some Illinois farmers are concerned about losing incentives for installing solar panels through the state’s Adjustable Block Program. (Illinois Farmer Today)
• A proposed 200 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin would also include the state’s first utility-scale battery storage. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Plans move forward for a 149 MW solar project in Wisconsin between Madison and Milwaukee. (Daily Jefferson County Union)
• A judge grants permission for a central Illinois solar project after finding the local government’s denial of a permit was arbitrary and unreasonable. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

PIPELINES:
• A Michigan judge upholds a state law that created a new authority to oversee a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)
• Critics say an Indiana bill meant to protect critical infrastructure like pipelines is an attempt to chill free speech and activism against fossil fuels. (Indianapolis Star)

EMISSIONS: A Minnesota researcher co-authors a study showing African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately exposed to air pollution compared to whites based on consumption. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: Consumers Energy awards General Motors $2.8 million for installing energy efficiency measures at its southeastern Michigan manufacturing plants. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota expects to receive $1 billion more in oil tax revenue by mid-2021 than earlier planned. (Forum News Service)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy advocates say a “grand bargain” may be in the works among Ohio lawmakers over bailing out two uneconomic nuclear plants. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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