Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin could cut coal costs through better scheduling, advocates say

COAL: Clean energy advocates say Wisconsin utilities could see savings by following the lead of a Minnesota utility and changing the way coal plants are scheduled to operate. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A southern Illinois coal company’s fight to dump mine water into a nearby river is a sign of things to come as the industry looks to cut costs amid worsening market conditions, analysts say. (Energy News Network)
• A report recommends Kansas develop a statewide energy plan and mandate integrated resource planning to help utilities transition from coal. (E&E News, subscription)
• A former coal plant decommissioned nearly three years ago in western Michigan is demolished. (FOX 17)

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• Developers say an oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota is still being built despite legal delays and little funding. (Associated Press)
• Booming natural gas production in eastern Ohio has benefited consumers but left oil and gas companies struggling to make a profit. (Columbus Dispatch)
The recent sale of six multi-family housing properties in North Dakota suggests continued strong interest in investing in the Bakken oil patch. (Williston Herald)

• Local officials plan to install solar panels to power a new police station in northwestern Illinois. (Quad-City Times)
• A suburban Chicago school district looks to add solar panels to five school rooftops. (Aurora Beacon-News)
• Developers propose plans for a 200 MW solar project in rural central Michigan. (Greenville Daily News)

POLITICS: New Democratic governors in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan have laid the groundwork for clean energy action, though bold policies weren’t enacted in 2019. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN TECH: A University of Michigan professor is leading research on “artificial photosynthesis” that makes green methane and recycles fossil fuels. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: Public hearings are scheduled in February for a planned 46-mile natural gas pipeline in Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)

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WIND: Three of six wind projects in North Dakota that didn’t have tower lighting systems installed are now in compliance. (Prairie Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: A plan to build a tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 pipeline “represents an unacceptable and completely unnecessary risk,” says a northern Michigan environmental advocate. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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