Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin utilities say zero-carbon power possible by 2050

Correction: An Iowa county is considering new wind and solar siting regulations. An item in last Thursday’s newsletter misstated the county’s location.

UTILITIES: Wisconsin utility executives say it is possible to decarbonize their portfolios by 2050, but questions about cost and technology remain. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• Environmental groups criticize Ameren’s plan to cap legacy coal ash sites rather than excavate the toxic material. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Indiana regulators will hold hearings on Duke Energy’s proposed $395 million rate increase to help it pay for various initiatives, including closing coal plants. (Greenfield Daily Reporter)

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SOLAR:
• Solar projects completed last month in Wisconsin help an organic brand become the largest food company in the world to be powered by 100% renewable energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Grand Rapids, Michigan, officials explore the potential of installing solar projects at eight city-owned sites. (MiBiz)
• A Milwaukee church aims to offset roughly half of its energy use with solar panels. (WITI)
• Local officials delay a decision on plans for a 120 MW solar project in central Indiana. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Democratic lawmaker in Wisconsin seeks Republican support for clean energy legislation. (Wisconsin Examiner)
• A majority of bids submitted as part of an Indiana utility’s long-term energy plan are for wind, solar and energy storage. (PV Magazine)

OHIO: Customers of municipal utilities and electric cooperatives are exempt from paying for subsidies for nuclear and coal plants. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota environmental regulators will review open oil and gas spill cases after officials faced criticism for their reporting of a large gas plant incident. (Forum News Service)
• North Dakota residents suggest ways the state can spend roughly $6 billion in the state’s Legacy Fund that is supported by taxes on oil and gas revenue. (Forum News Service)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Michigan lawmaker introduces a bill that would require the state’s transportation agency to install electric vehicle charging stations at all publicly owned rest stops. (WZZM)

EFFICIENCY: The first certified passive house in Indiana includes solar panels and energy-efficient windows and insulation. (Indianapolis Star)

POLITICS: Minnesota labor groups remain skeptical about endorsing the Green New Deal, but say they are committed to climate action. (MinnPost)

PIPELINES: Officials at a northern Michigan transportation authority clarify that they don’t have a position on whether a tunnel should be built for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

POWER PLANTS: Months of planning went into transporting engines that power two new natural gas plants in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (Power Magazine)

GRID: A transformer in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, will be moved as officials try to uncover what caused it to explode six weeks ago. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY: A Nebraska editorial board says local officials should approve plans for a 230 MW solar project. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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