Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin solar project highlights land-use debate

SOLAR: A large proposed solar project divides farmers in southwestern Wisconsin, highlighting land-use concerns with solar across the U.S. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Thomson Reuters Foundation)

ALSO:
• A Wisconsin program issues 36 grants for nonprofits to install solar systems totaling 2.1 MW. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)
• A solar group-buying program in northern Wisconsin is recognized as a state leader. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

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UTILITIES:
• In an unprecedented move, the Michigan Public Service Commission prohibits a major utility from using corporate dollars to fund nonprofit political advocacy groups. (Energy News Network)
• A public hearing is scheduled today on Indiana utility NIPSCO’s proposed rate increase to help the utility transition from coal. (Kokomo Perspective)

COAL: A Google data center would help a central Minnesota town transition from a coming coal plant closure, local officials say. (Minnesota Public Radio)

EMISSIONS: Transportation is Minnesota’s next challenge for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (MinnPost)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin’s energy efficiency program is recognized by an industry group as a national leader. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

WIND:
• A German company receives approval to build a 242 MW wind project in western Ohio. (Dayton Business Journal)
• Construction is expected to start this year on a southwestern Minnesota wind project. (Worthington Daily Globe)

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PIPELINES: North Dakota law enforcement officials say they aren’t to blame for injuries a woman sustained during Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An official with Michigan’s largest municipal utility says clean energy will benefit mid-Michigan’s economy and the environment. (Lansing State Journal)
• Closing Ohio nuclear plants makes addressing climate change more difficult, an editorial board says. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• A clean energy group says community solar is poised to benefit environmental justice communities in Illinois. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The Indiana Conservative Alliance for Energy says NIPSCO’s transition to renewable energy benefits ratepayers. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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