Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin utility rejects shareholder call for clean energy plan

UTILITIES: Madison Gas & Electric objects to a shareholder resolution seeking a coal transition plan, which the SEC called an attempt to “micromanage” the utility. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ACTIVISM:
• As students across the world plan climate strikes today, polling suggests most Ohio adults agree with youth activists’ call for climate action and a transition to clean energy. (Energy News Network)
• A United Nations representative and key architect of the Paris climate agreement tells University of Michigan students to maintain “stubborn optimism.” (MLive)

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SOLAR:
• Invenergy plans a 120 MW solar project near Indianapolis. (Pharos Tribune)
• County officials in southern Indiana withdraw a proposed solar zoning ordinance after pushback from the community. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• A North Carolina solar developer expands to Indiana, adding up to 100 jobs. (Inside Indiana Business)

BIOFUELS: Waivers granted to some small refineries under former U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt caused ethanol consumption to drop in 2018 for the first time in 20 years. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Minnesota utilities, power companies and businesses say transitioning to renewable energy benefits all ratepayers. (Northfield News)

POWER PLANTS: Local advocacy groups speak out against Vectren’s plans for a new natural gas plant in southwestern Indiana. (WEHT)

NUCLEAR: The nuclear power industry pushes federal regulators to cut back on power plant inspections and what it tells the public about plant problems. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: The final estimated volume of oil spilled from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota last year is lowered to about 277,000 gallons. (Watertown Public Opinion)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla unveils the Model Y, a new seven-seat compact SUV, as the company contends with operational uncertainty. (New York Times)

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OIL & GAS: The North Dakota legislature passes a bill to use oil tax revenue on infrastructure projects outside the oil patch. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates say a proposed $200 annual fee for electric vehicles in Ohio is excessive and sends the wrong market signal. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A Wisconsin editorial board says the state should continue to pursue large-scale solar projects. (Kenosha News)
• Nebraska should pursue more wind and solar development for the jobs that come with it, an editorial board says. (Norfolk Daily News)

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