Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin utility discusses solar potential at major manufacturing site

SOLAR: Foxconn and WEC Energy discuss the potential for a major solar project at the company’s Wisconsin factory. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• A central Illinois county has approved four solar projects this year, and another five will be proposed next week. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Some residents are concerned about plans to use 12 acres of a historic farm in northeastern Illinois for a solar installation. (Northwest Herald)
• With a new project announced in Detroit, the National Football League emerges as the leader among sports leagues using solar energy. (pv Magazine)
• Construction is complete at an IKEA store that has Wisconsin’s largest rooftop solar array. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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NUCLEAR: The owner of a southwest Michigan nuclear plant set to close in 2022 plans to sell it to another company to speed up decommissioning. (Detroit News)

• The J.M. Smucker Co. will buy 60 MW from a Nebraska wind project as the company seeks to reduce its emissions. (News Channel Nebraska)
• Local officials consider plans for a 31-turbine wind project in western Michigan. (WOOD-TV)

• Consumer advocates want regulators to evaluate an Indiana coal gasification plant critics say is a “boondoggle” for ratepayers. (Indianapolis Business Journal)
• Michigan has potential to develop more combined heat and power (CHP), though barriers remain, according to a report by state regulators. (Power Engineering)

EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin mayor forms a “green team” to take a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency. (La Crosse Tribune)

PIPELINES: Dakota Access pipeline protests were also a way for participants to forge bonds over Native American history. (Reuters)

• A small oil refinery in western North Dakota is being converted to process vegetable oil to produce renewable diesel. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The U.S. EPA approves sorghum oil to be used in the production of biofuel under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. (Garden City Telegram)

• An eastern Illinois city discusses commercial wind and solar zoning regulations. (Danville Commercial-News)
• Environmental groups say Ohio is poised to see renewable energy growth. (Loveland Magazine)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota climate advocate says wind energy and electric vehicles have synergies that provide economic benefits while solving climate problems. (Prior Lake American)

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