Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin transmission line critics says regulators had conflicts of interest

PIPELINES: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sides with environmental groups in an appeal claiming DTE Energy is improperly self-dealing among affiliates by overpaying for natural gas through its pipeline subsidiary. (Energy News Network) 

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a planned transmission line in southwestern Wisconsin claim two state regulators who voted to support the project have conflicts of interest. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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UTILITIES: Xcel Energy’s long-term energy plan gets mixed reviews from advocates who support the utility’s phase-out of coal but raise concerns about reliance on natural gas. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OHIO: Supporters of Ohio’s bailout for nuclear and coal plants begin circulating their own petitions to show public support for the measure, which opponents say is a ploy to confuse voters as they seek to hold a referendum on the law. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL & GAS: The oil and gas boom in North Dakota will likely spark more disputes over mineral rights between landowners and the state. (E&E News, subscription)

• Midwest farmers squeezed by low crop prices are installing solar panels as a way to increase revenue. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
• A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers propose legislation to expand access to community solar projects. (Michigan Radio)
• An Illinois airport plans to add carports covered with solar panels. (WQAD)

• A Nebraska community college course trains students to navigate and service a wind turbine. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• County officials in Iowa are scheduled to vote today on a wind moratorium that could further delay a planned project. (KCCI)
• Officials investigate the cause of an accident at an Iowa wind turbine manufacturing plant that killed one worker and critically injured another. (WHO-TV)

RENEWABLES: A northern Michigan city plans to meet its goal to power city operations with 100% renewable energy ahead of schedule. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

EFFICIENCY: Some Duke Energy customers tell Indiana regulators that the utility’s proposed rate increase would discourage energy conservation. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

EMISSIONS: Environmental groups reach a settlement agreement with a petrochemical company to increase air pollution controls at a cracking plant along the Ohio River. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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• Wisconsin environmental regulators submit a revised pollution discharge permit to tighten cleanup plants at a coal plant based on public input. (Racine Journal Times)
• Former coal plants in Michigan and Illinois have been repurposed, though many communities still struggle with reusing the sites. (Yale Climate Connections)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board says the state’s laws on disclosing political donors should be tightened in light of the referendum campaign over nuclear subsidies. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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