Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin businesses increasingly turn to solar power

SOLAR: Thirty Minnesota inmates take a solar installation training course amid growing demand for clean energy employees. (Energy News Network)

• A growing number of Wisconsin businesses install solar panels as prices continue to drop. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Local officials advance plans for a 150 MW solar project in eastern Illinois. (Illinois Public Media)
• An Illinois bank installs solar panels at its fifth branch to meet most of its power needs. (The Dispatch-Rock Island Argus)
• An Ohio wholesale food distributor gets 35 percent of its power from solar. (Kent Record-Courier)

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CLIMATE: Clean energy advocates say last month’s federal report on climate change underscores the need for action in Ohio, which faces increased risks from flooding, heat and pollution. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: The federal government will conduct another environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, potentially causing further delays. (Reuters)

• Turbine maker Vestas sees U.S. demand peaking in 2020 as tax incentives phase out but predicts it will not “fall off a cliff.” (Reuters)
• A Kansas school district votes to meet 100 percent of its energy needs with wind power. (Manhattan Mercury)
• North Dakota regulators will hold a public hearing this week on a proposed 300 MW wind project. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The developer of a North Dakota wind project has reduced the height of some turbines to accommodate the Bismarck airport. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A group in northwestern Michigan plans to power a county entirely with renewable energy within the next decade. (Northern Express)

FRAC SAND: A judge dismisses a case brought by advocates against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over reissuing a permit for a frac sand operation. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• An Illinois congressman’s draft bill to revamp ethanol mandates will receive its first hearing this week. (E&E News, subscription)
• Industry advocates are disappointed the federal government hasn’t done more to protect the agricultural sector after increasing biofuel blending mandates. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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UTILITIES: A Michigan lawmaker pushes the American Legislative Exchange Council to adopt a policy supporting energy market deregulation. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A board member of an authority overseeing the Mackinac Bridge says the body should not oversee a proposed tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)

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