Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin utilities partner on largest solar projects in Midwest

SOLAR: Two of Wisconsin’s major utilities partner on a pair of solar projects that will be the largest in the Midwest. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A conservation group shares information about solar energy at a community presentation in northeastern Nebraska. (Columbus Telegram)
• A 350-kilowatt solar installation along a highway in northern Michigan is the first of several projects planned in the area. (Cadillac News)

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UTILITIES: Xcel Energy wins approval for a two-year “time-of-use” rate program involving 10,000 customers in the Twin Cities that is garnering wide acclaim for its design. (Star Tribune, Utility Dive)

WIND: More than 500 people attend an anti-wind turbine meeting in Attica, Ohio, where Apex Clean Energy has proposed a wind farm. (WNWO)

COAL: Indiana utility NOPSCO NIPSCO retires two coal-fired generators as part of a plan to reduce its reliance on coal. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)

• FirstEnergy critics say its nuclear power plants’ failure to clear a regional capacity auction supports the case for closing them. (Midwest Energy News)
• Pennsylvania politicians want the state’s Gov. Tom Wolf to lend support to keep FirstEnergy’s Beaver Valley nuclear plant open. (Erie Times-News)

• Hundreds of religious leaders sign on to a letter opposing Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota. (MPR News)
• Federal regulators approve Energy Transfer Partners’ request to start service on two segments of its Rover natural gas pipeline in Ohio. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: The billionaire donor behind a Michigan ballot campaign talks about striking a deal with utilities to boost renewables. (Michigan Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Owners and dealers will show off their electric vehicles and answer questions Saturday at an expo in Decorah, Iowa. (Decorah Newspapers)  

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ETHANOL: The EPA awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of biofuel blending credits to two refiners without publicly announcing the decision. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio bill that would bring sweeping changes to the state’s energy efficiency programs could cost utility customers over a billion dollars in savings, an environmental group’s attorney says. (NRDC)

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