Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin’s largest utilities pledge deeper emission cuts

UTILITIES: Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities, Alliant Energy and WEC Energy Group, have now made stronger commitments to renewable energy and decreasing emissions. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WIND: Xcel Energy breaks ground on a 150 MW wind project in southeastern North Dakota. (Fargo-Moorhead Forum)

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• Environmental groups say a southwestern Michigan coal plant is being overlooked by state regulators as a contributor to smog in the area. (MLive)
• Due to its relatively large coal portfolio, DTE Energy may have a more difficult time retiring all of its coal generation by 2040 than its Michigan counterpart Consumers Energy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Advocates say We Energies is not doing enough to control coal dust spreading from a Wisconsin coal plant. (WDJT)

• Six solar projects are under consideration by officials in a northwestern Illinois county. (Rock Island Argus)
• A 2 MW solar project is proposed in eastern Illinois. (Rantoul Press)

• Some Dakota Access pipeline protesters have set up a camp in northern Michigan to protest the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit Free Press)
• A University of Minnesota professor says rushed permitting decisions and environmental groups’ watchdog efforts are helping to stop gas pipeline projects. (E&E News)

CLEAN ENERGY: A change in methodology leads to a higher number of clean energy jobs in Wisconsin, according to a new report. (Madison Capital Times)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Akron, Ohio, has borrowed $25 million since 2010 to quietly transform a neglected steam generation plant powered by waste. (Akron Beacon Journal)

RATES: Wisconsin regulators bring more transparency in energy price projections, which should benefit renewable generation and help lower rates. (Utility Dive)

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OIL AND GAS: Flooding played a role in the derailment of a train that spilled thousands of gallons of oil into northwestern Iowa floodwaters. (Associated Press)

• Converting an old coal plant to a natural gas combined heat and power plant at the University of Minnesota is a “proxy for a greener Minnesota economy,” a columnist writes. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A climate advocate says Illinois is a leader in creating energy efficiency jobs. (Columbia Missourian)
• A bird conservation advocate says the company developing an offshore wind project in Lake Erie is making misleading claims about the project. (Toledo Blade)

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