Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin power line debate raises questions over renewables, reliability

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Midwest utilities explore new “smart charging” strategies for encouraging customers to plug in electric vehicles during off-peak times. (Energy News Network)

• Wisconsin regulators say they will consider formal opposition to the controversial Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission project by attorneys general in Illinois and Michigan. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The project has divided some clean energy groups and raises key questions about reliability amid the transition to renewables. (Utility Dive)

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• Tribes in Wisconsin will use federal grants to install solar projects as they pursue “energy sovereignty.” (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• A utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula plans to purchase power from a new 125 MW solar project that will push the utility’s renewable energy portfolio beyond 50% by 2022. (WLUC)
• A school district in northern Wisconsin considers whether to lease property for a community solar project. (Superior Telegram)
• An Ohio-based solar manufacturer uses a new training certification program to attract and retain employees. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)
• Customers and the local grid benefit from purchasing community solar shares, says a Nebraska utility official. (NTV)
• Purdue University researchers study the potential for growing crops alongside raised solar panels. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to “lead by example” by installing solar panels at a state park and prison while ramping up energy efficiency at state-owned buildings. (Detroit News)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Consumers Energy says transitioning from coal to solar power is a “trade-up” and not a “trade-off” that will produce “affordable bills, a cleaner environment and a higher quality mix of earnings.” (S&P Global)

PIPELINES: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepares to issue a decision on whether Enbridge can install additional underwater supports for the Line 5 pipeline. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: A group of Republicans in Congress push the Department of Transportation to intervene against a Washington state law they argue prevents rail shipments of Bakken crude oil to the Pacific Northwest. (E&E News, subscription)

EMISSIONS: The Minneapolis City Council votes to ban new drive-thru facilities in part to reduce carbon emissions from idling cars. (WCCO)

WIND: Starbucks says nearly 350 of its Illinois stores are now powered through wind energy contracts. (Energy Manager Today)

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