Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin lawmakers consider letting Tesla sell directly to customers

GRID: Regional grid operator PJM wants to change how it sets energy and capacity prices in ways that could bolster uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)

• Wisconsin lawmakers consider legislation that would allow Tesla to sell vehicles directly to customers and bypass traditional dealerships. (Associated Press)
• Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is on track to release its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

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OIL AND GAS: Consumers Energy withdraws plans to add a controversial natural gas-powered turbine at an industrial electric and steam plant near Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

• Local planning officials require minor changes to a proposed 100-turbine wind project in central Illinois but otherwise recommend it move forward. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Ohio lawmakers seek input from local officials on proposed changes to statewide wind energy regulations. (WLIO)
• Residents in northeast Nebraska will have a chance to weigh in on proposed wind developments. (KTIV)

POLITICS: Illinois utilities are again contributing heavily to attorney general candidates now that AG Lisa Madigan, who refused their donations, is retiring. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

• Construction is underway on the first community solar project in mid-Michigan. (WLNS)
• Various companies donate components to build a solar-battery demonstration project at Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula. (UPMatters.com)

OVERSIGHT: A former Missouri state senator discusses why he resigned his position for an appointment to the state Public Service Commission. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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RENEWABLES: The economic viability of renewable energy is drawing in support from conservatives in Wisconsin and elsewhere. (The Pointer)

• Kankakee County in Illinois has an opportunity to learn from neighboring counties as the number proposals for solar projects increase. (Kankakee Daily Journal)
• An Indiana mayor discusses his support for wind energy. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

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