Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin regulators decline to issue rooftop solar ruling

SOLAR WORKFORCE: A solar industry study released today shows the U.S. solar workforce continues to lack diversity, though hiring and recruiting changes are helping some companies improve. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Advocates in Illinois call for new legislation to address shortcomings with a 2016 law they say was too little, too late to address equity and diversity gaps in the state’s clean energy sector. (Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR:
• Conservative groups in Ohio criticize a proposed bill to bail out two FirstEnergy nuclear plants as “corporate welfare.” (Energy News Network)
• Iowa’s only nuclear plant is slated to close after 45 years in operation. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Nuclear power remains a key component of Michigan’s energy portfolio. (Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators decline to say whether companies other than utilities can own and operate rooftop solar panels. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A planned community solar garden in Duluth, Minnesota, aims to serve low-income residents and veterans. (Duluth News Tribune)
• A company releases more details around a planned 100 MW solar project in northern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)

PIPELINES:
• Court delays will prevent the Keystone XL pipeline from being built in 2019. (Associated Press)
• An American Transmission Co. official says it would be unsafe to include an electric transmission line in a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)
• A federal judge sends back to state court a lawsuit alleging Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: A bill in Indiana will launch a pilot project for storing carbon emissions underground. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

RENEWABLES: A new guide published in Minnesota helps farmers navigate legal contracts and other issues around large-scale wind or solar power. (West Central Tribune)

POLICY: Minnesota lawmakers have divergent energy proposals involving electric vehicles and community solar. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Environmental groups are at odds with each other over a proposed transmission line in Wisconsin. (RTO Insider)

STORAGE: Old electric vehicle batteries can be reused for energy storage, according to a new report. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: The Iowa Supreme Court rejects efforts by a group of landowners seeking to block a proposed wind project. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: A bill in North Dakota would create tax incentives for the petrochemical industry and potentially add value to the state’s natural gas supply. (Bismarck Tribune)

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IOWA: Iowa’s energy demand continues to grow as the state adds more residents whose usage is intensifying. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: A Hispanic advocacy group claims rooftop solar customers are shifting costs to use the grid on other ratepayers. (Detroit News)

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