Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin utilities to invest $200 million in solar project

SOLAR: Organizers of an annual solar energy research conference change course at this year’s event in Minneapolis to focus on climate advocacy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Two Wisconsin utilities partner to invest nearly $200 million in the remaining 150 MW of the state’s first utility-scale solar project. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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COAL: In Indiana, the coal mining industry challenges utilities’ plans to retire coal plants early. (E&E News, subscription)

• An Ohio bill to subsidize nuclear and coal plants unites environmental groups and some conservatives in formal opposition. (Associated Press)
• U.S. senators seek to boost federal research into extending the life of nuclear plants and develop the next generation of reactors. (E&E News, subscription)

• DTE Energy plans to double its renewable energy capacity in the next five years even as federal tax incentives expire. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• The Minnesota Farmers Union hosts sessions around the state on how farmers can benefit from wind and solar projects. (KEYC)

CLIMATE: The city council in Iowa City, Iowa, will vote next week on whether to declare a climate crisis and consider ways to accelerate emission reductions. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota landowners claim a state law promoting carbon dioxide-enhanced oil recovery unconstitutionally violates their property rights. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota lawmakers consider a bill that would require utilities to prioritize clean energy sources for new generation if it’s affordable. (Brainerd Dispatch)

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• Midwestern utilities are part of emerging trends in the sector including adopting cost-of-service business models and planning for large amounts of renewable energy. (Greentech Media)
• Civil rights and environmental groups lead a protest against utility NIPSCO’s proposal to increase rates to pay for grid improvements. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)

• Analysts say wind projects are improving bond ratings for some Ohio municipalities. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• Advocates profile early electric vehicle adopters in the Midwest. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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