Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin task force to address ‘immediate’ climate threat

CLIMATE: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers creates a climate change task force to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies for what he calls an “immediate threat to the state.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ALSO:
Bloomington, Indiana, releases its first greenhouse gas inventory to target operations that would benefit most from efficiency or clean energy. (Indiana Public Media)
• “The evidence is there. You can’t avoid it,” the CEO of Consumers Energy says of the need to address climate change. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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WIND: Researchers say understanding certain wind patterns, increasing the size of turbines and dealing with variability are the main challenges to widespread wind development. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: A Minnesota nuclear plant is at the center of a debate over whether utilities should invest heavily to prolong the power source or use that funding for renewables. (Minnesota Public Radio)

BIOFUELS: An Iowa congresswoman calls the U.S. EPA’s latest biofuels plan a “bait and switch,” while industry officials say could cost the state 400 jobs. (Radio Iowa)

POLITICS: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who led a failed federal effort to prop up struggling coal and nuclear plants, will resign. (New York Times) 

COAL:
• Environmental groups and the owner of a central Illinois coal plant sign a consent decree that would close the E.D. Edwards plant by the end of 2022 and pay $6.9 million into an account for public health and environmental projects. (WGLT)
Addressing a $66 billion funding shortfall for coal miners’ and other union pension plans is part of a political strategy for Republicans and Democrats in swing states like Ohio. (Roll Call)

SOLAR: A rooftop community solar project northwest of Chicago offsets power for nine nearby municipal buildings. (Chicago Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
Most Ohio voters say renewables are the most important strategy to meet the state’s energy needs, according to a recent poll by George Mason University. (Great Lakes Echo)
• Minnesota clean energy opponents’ renewable energy cost estimates conflict with utility projections. (St. Cloud Times)

OHIO: Monday is the deadline for supporters of a referendum on subsidies for Ohio nuclear and coal plants to submit petition signatures. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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OIL & GAS: August was a record-setting month for oil and gas production in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

COAL ASH: Community activists in northeastern Illinois express concerns to state regulators about coal ash pollution. (The Times Weekly)

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