Midwest Energy News

Wyoming coal merger could impact Wisconsin ratepayers

UTILITIES: Advocates say Duke Energy Indiana’s near-term plans rely too heavily on coal power and fail to adequately invest in renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Xcel Energy is expected to file its long-term integrated resource plan today that will provide details on coal closures and clean energy investments. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Alliant Energy officials say rates are increasing to cover the cost of infrastructure upgrades and wind power. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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SOLAR:
• The Winnebago tribe in eastern Nebraska plans to refurbish used solar thermal heaters to heat several homes and commercial buildings. (Energy News Network)
• Officials in Racine, Wisconsin, evaluate ways to update local policies to be more favorable to solar development. (Racine Journal Times)
• A demonstration project in northeastern Nebraska will test the viability of a 1.5 MW solar-plus-storage installation. (Sioux City Journal)
• Graduates of an Illinois solar technician training program enter the workforce and begin installing projects. (WMBD)
• A group-buying program looks to enroll more eastern Iowa residents in solar projects. (KCRG)

COAL: The effort to merge two Wyoming coal mines raises questions about the potential impact on Wisconsin ratepayers who depend on them for power. (Wisconsin State Journal)

POWER PLANTS: State lawmakers have not yet reached an agreement on a bill that would subsidize nuclear and coal plants in Ohio, passing a deadline initially set by FirstEnergy. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

WIND: State regulators approve a new transmission line to move wind power to northern Minnesota. (KEYC)

RENEWABLES: An aggressive path to transition the U.S. to 100% renewable energy by 2030 could cost $4.5 trillion, according to a consultancy firm’s study. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE:
• The Republican mayor of a Twin Cities suburb explains how her city cut carbon emissions by 30 percent. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Interfaith Power and Light works with Iowa farmers on strategies to address climate change. (Mother Jones)

OIL & GAS: U.S. oil and gas producers aren’t seeing profits grow as expected with more domestic production, with concerns being driven in part by a shift to electric vehicles. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Minnesota has plenty of open land to accommodate the anticipated growth in solar power, clean energy advocates say. (MinnPost)
• A U.S. Army commanding general based in Michigan says political leaders should reach common ground on clean energy, particularly for energy security. (Bridge Magazine)
• Transitioning from coal and relying on cleaner transportation fuels and electric vehicles is helping Minnesota move the needle on air pollution, advocates say. (MinnPost)
• An Ohio editorial board says members of the state Public Utilities Commission would be more accountable to ratepayers if they were elected, not appointed. (Toledo Blade)

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