Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin bill would create renewable energy development agency

RENEWABLES: Wisconsin Democrats push legislation to create a new statewide development authority designed to jumpstart renewable energy companies. (Wisconsin State Journal)

WIND: North Dakota is falling short of wind energy production goals recommended by an industry advisory panel a decade ago. (Forum News Service)

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• North Dakota plans to ask the Trump administration to intervene in a dispute over Washington state’s new restrictions on oil shipped by rail. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota oil production remains steady while the state’s natural gas production soars to an all-time high. (Forum News Service)

SOLAR: A Wisconsin researcher documents the history of cost declines in the U.S. solar industry. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OVERSIGHT: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could appoint the first Democratic-leaning state Public Service Commission in nearly a decade as a vacancy opens next month. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

PIPELINES: Permanently shutting down the Line 5 pipeline through Michigan could have a major downstream impact on trade with Canada and energy supplies for multiple states. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

TRANSMISSION: Canada approves a $453 million transmission line connecting Manitoba and Minnesota with provisions to ensure environmental safety and participation by Indigenous groups. (Canadian Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The former Republican mayor of Indianapolis says the U.S. should more aggressively transition to electric vehicles as a matter of national security. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: Midwestern lawmakers and ethanol advocates propose an annual deadline for small refineries to ask for hardship waivers under the federal renewable fuel standard. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: Xcel Energy’s CEO says customers are demanding clean energy but don’t want to sacrifice affordability and reliability, and that climate change should be a bipartisan issue. (Daily Energy Insider, Minneapolis Star Tribune)

TRANSPORTATION: Large investors in General Motors want the company to take a stronger stance against President Trump’s effort to roll back vehicle emission standards. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLIMATE: Local officials in Columbia, Missouri, are scheduled to vote on a climate action plan that would eliminate carbon emissions by 2060. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

• The administrator of a southeastern Ohio hospital says energy efficiency is a crucial tool for managing energy use and reducing air pollution. (Canton Repository)
• A columnist suggests a former steel mill site in Chicago would be ideal for wind turbines. (Chicago Magazine)

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