Midwest Energy News

Wind transmission project headed to Missouri Supreme Court

GRID: In a victory for the developer, a judge finds Missouri regulators erred in rejecting the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, sending the case to the Missouri Supreme Court. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND: Great Plains Energy signs power purchase agreements for Kansas wind projects totaling 444 megawatts, boosting its wind portfolio to about 25 percent. (Kansas City Business Journal)

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• Despite American Electric Power’s clean energy pledges, advocates say the utility will remain dependent on large coal plants for too long to have meaningful climate impacts. (InsideClimate News)
• Critics of a federal law that requires utilities to buy clean energy from independent producers were unable to explain how the PURPA contracts increase utility bills. (Michigan Radio)
• Clean energy advocates push Ameren Missouri to transition to 100 percent clean energy. (KMOV)

BIOFUELS: A White House meeting with lawmakers supporting the ethanol and oil industries did not lead to a deal on changes to U.S. biofuels policy. (Reuters)

• A 20-megawatt solar project, which would be Kansas’ largest, is expected to be operational in 2019. (Garden City Telegram)
The mayor of a southern Indiana city says installing solar panels on city-owned buildings and streetlights could be a “game-changer” by saving millions of dollars that could be used for needed repairs. (Seymour Tribune)
• Eastern Michigan University looks to install solar-powered lights at bus stops as a safety measure. (MLive)
• A solar installation is being considered as part of a planned “eco-industrial park” at a former vehicle manufacturing plant in Flint, Michigan. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
A southern Minnesota city will use grant funding to study the potential for solar energy. (KIMT)
• A solar developer partners with an Illinois community college to provide education and job-training opportunities. (Kankakee Daily Journal)
• Solar advocates and companies in Wisconsin are optimistic that tariffs on imported panels will not have a major impact. (The Pointer)

NUCLEAR: An anti-nuclear group asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its objections to a license granted to DTE Energy to build a nuclear plant in southeast Michigan. (Toledo Blade)

COAL: An Ohio coal plant will switch to run on mostly western coal as its owner, Indiana Michigan Power, looks to keep it operational for years to come. (Platts)

• A Minnesota editorial board encourages readers to weigh in on a utility’s plan to build a natural gas plant as it transitions from coal. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Two former members of the Iowa Utilities Board say legislation making energy efficiency programs optional is a “major step backwards.” (Des Moines Register)

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