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)

RENEWABLES:
• 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)

***SPONSORED LINK: The Midwest energy landscape is changing. Find out what’s in store for the policy and business side of solar, storage, and wind energy at Solar and Storage Midwest. Join us on November 14-15, 2019 in Chicago.***

TRANSMISSION:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

Comments are closed.