Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin regulators formally sign off on transmission project

• Wisconsin regulators give final approval to a controversial power line while rebuffing conflict of interest charges from opponents. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Some Iowa residents raise concerns about giving up their land for the project. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Advocates draw attention to energy efficiency potential at apartment buildings in Kansas City. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: Wisconsin lawmakers consider a proposal that makes it a felony to trespass or damage oil and gas pipelines, which critics say would violate free speech. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Iowa farmers are “waiting with bated breath” as the Trump administration determines its next steps on biofuels policy, and warn of economic hardship without support for the ethanol industry. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Radio Iowa)

SOLAR: A 150 MW solar project planned in central Wisconsin could bring in $600,000 a year in revenue for local governments, developers say. (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune)

COAL: The federal government sells coal leases on nearly 500 acres of land in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: DTE Energy’s plan to reach net zero carbon emissions for its electric subsidiary will likely involve technology not yet economical, such as carbon capture and storage and batteries. (Bridge Magazine) 

• A developer works to determine the final locations of wind turbines at a planned project in Illinois. (WLDS)
• Officials investigate the cause of a crane collapse at a wind turbine construction project in South Dakota. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)
• A developer plans to replace 55 wind turbines with fewer and more efficient models at an Iowa project. (Clear Lake Mirror Reporter)

NATURAL GAS: Michigan regulators approve a rate increase for Consumers Energy natural gas customers that will help pay for new technology and infrastructure improvements. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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OIL & GAS: A federal agency sues a Missouri oil company over alleged job discriminination. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A city in northeastern Minnesota opens two Level Two electric vehicle charging stations equipped with solar panels. (Lake County News Chronicle)

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