Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin regulators rule against subsidies for home EV charging stations

Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation!

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators rule that WEC Energy Group utilities can’t use ratepayer funds to subsidize home EV charging stations. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL: Groups involved in a settlement agreement over the closing of an Illinois coal plant say it could be a model for helping communities transition from plant closures. (Utility Dive)

• The Omaha Public Power District board approves plans for a 600 MW solar project, which would be the largest in Nebraska. (KPTM)
• An affordable housing development planned in Ann Arbor, Michigan, seeks to address the climate crisis with solar generation and other clean energy features. (MLive)
• An Indiana county planning commission recommends extending a moratorium on large-scale solar projects for another year. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• Cuyahoga County in northern Ohio helps residents participate in a solar group-buying program to reduce installation costs. (News5)

• Major utilities serving Wisconsin have pledged to significantly decarbonize their electric portfolios, though some are moving faster than others. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Wind and solar contracts between utilities and independent producers routinely exceed competitive market values, according to a study commissioned by an investor-owned utility trade group. (Solar Power World)

PIPELINES: Climate activists shut down a Chase bank branch in Wisconsin over the company’s financing of oil pipeline projects. (Isthmus)

• A “micro” mill under construction in Missouri will be the first steel plant in the U.S. to be powered by wind energy. (E&E News, subscription)
• County officials in northern Ohio pass a resolution in support of state legislation that would allow a local referendum on wind projects. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)
• A 106 MW wind project is expected to come online in North Dakota this month. (KFYR)

• Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will join other Democrats in introducing legislation for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which will likely face headwinds in the Senate. (Michigan Advance)
• Missouri convened a group of experts to start looking at climate impacts and mitigation efforts in 1989, though little action has resulted. (KRCU)
• Local officials in Madison, Wisconsin, formally reaffirm the city’s commitment to climate action as the U.S. begins to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. (Daily Cardinal)
• South Bend, Indiana, approves a climate action plan to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. (ABC57)

UTILITIES: Black Hills Corp. expects to spend $2.9 billion in capital investments through 2023 to cover new transmission lines and renewable energy. (Daily Energy Insider)

OIL & GAS: States across the Midwest face a propane shortage as supplies are needed to dry wet crops. (WCCO)

Comments are closed.