Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin governor starts plan for carbon-free energy by 2050

POLICY: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signs an executive order creating a sustainability and clean energy office to work on a statewide carbon-free power goal by 2050. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• Wind and solar developers in Minnesota often rely on out-of-state labor for construction jobs, according to a new report. (MinnPost)
• Four lawmakers in the Iowa Future Caucus promote the state’s potential for renewable energy production. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

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• Renewable energy developers and some clean energy advocates say a controversial transmission line in southern Wisconsin is needed to meet Gov. Tony Evers’ clean power goals. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Xcel Energy plans to expand the use of drones to inspect power lines after receiving a new permit from the Federal Aviation Administration. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR: Purdue University researchers investigate the potential for solar energy on farmland to benefit crops. (Indiana Public Media)

BIOFUELS: “Our farmers are angry,” Republican Sen. Joni Ernst says in response to reports of President Trump’s role in backing waivers for oil refiners on ethanol mandates. (Radio Iowa)

COAL: The last coal combustion residue landfill is in the process of closing after a coal plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was shut down earlier this year. (Marquette Mining Journal)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy Solutions hopes to have confirmation this week to finalize its bankruptcy plan. (Akron Beacon Journal)

WIND: An Iowa wind energy developer says it’s a misconception that turbines are excessively noisy and harm wildlife. (Ames Tribune)

• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe asks a federal judge to resolve all legal challenges to federal permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren calls for revoking permits for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, citing tribal concerns. (Forum News Service)

OIL & GAS: A well pad spill in North Dakota last week leaked produced water and oil onto rangeland. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: The president and CEO of Consumers Energy says the utility’s Clean Energy Plan over the next two decades will help protect future generations from climate change. (MLive)

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