Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin utility pledges net-zero carbon by 2050

SOLAR: A western Michigan solar developer uses a federal tax incentive to build projects and provide job-training in low-income communities. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The Indiana Municipal Power Agency plans its largest solar project to date, a 9.9 MW project near Indianapolis. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)
• A northern Illinois city is recognized for its commitment to solar power. (WREX)
• A training facility for the Indianapolis Colts football team will install solar panels in the coming months. (Inside Indiana Business)
• County officials in eastern Iowa near the completion of zoning regulations for large-scale solar projects. (Muscatine Journal)
• A northern Michigan city is set to meet its renewable energy goal with a new solar power purchase agreement. (9&10 News)

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UTILITIES:
• Madison Gas & Electric announces plans for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 relying on renewables and carbon sequestration. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• South Dakota regulators approve a rate increase for Otter Tail Power Co. that will help pay for new wind and gas generation. (Pierre Capital Journal)

POLICY:
• Ohio House lawmakers remain divided over a bill that replaces clean energy standards with a fund to subsidize nuclear plants. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A Michigan congresswoman leads an effort to extend federal tax incentives for wind and solar. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
• Minnesota utility regulators approve a deal allowing Xcel Energy to provide wind power to a planned Google data center. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A Minnesota company looks to hire 300 people for upcoming wind projects. (Marshall Independent)

COAL: AEP plans to close roughly half of the capacity of a 1,530 MW coal plant in central Ohio later this month. (Platts)

OIL & GAS: MidAmerican Energy plans a five-year, $72 million upgrade to 340 miles of its gas distribution system. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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CLIMATE: Across flooded Midwestern cities, local officials are hesitant to frame it as a climate change issue. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy advocate says renewable development in southern Ohio is a “glaring opportunity” for economic revitalization. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Testimony against an Ohio bill to subsidize nuclear plants far outweighed supporters during recent hearings. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• Efforts should be taken to curb energy consumption related to marijuana growing as Michigan joins other states in legalization, an attorney says. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Clean energy advocates say Illinois can take further steps to boost renewable energy jobs while meeting demand for wind and solar development. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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