Midwest Energy News

Xcel Energy coal plant proposal could save ratepayers millions

TRANSPORTATION: Chicago’s new fees on ride sharing services are meant to reduce congestion while also supporting a more equitable and lower-carbon transportation system. (Energy News Network)

COAL: Xcel Energy offers to run its Minnesota coal plants seasonally rather than self-committing to the market, which analysts have found could save ratepayers tens of millions of dollars annually. (Utility Dive)

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• Developers of two solar projects totaling 400 MW in Appalachian Ohio may have to build incrementally, likely lowering the projects’ economic impact. (Energy News Network)
• Officials in Springfield, Illinois, reach an agreement to keep retail net metering in place to give certainty for residents who want to install solar. (NPR Illinois)
• National dairy co-op Organic Valley has helped hundreds of farmers across the U.S. install on-farm solar projects. (Civil Eats)

POLICY: An environmental group urges Wisconsin lawmakers to update the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2025. (WisBusiness)

• Researchers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula seek renewable energy alternatives that could reduce reliance on propane and the Line 5 pipeline. (Great Lakes Now)
• A northern Michigan city begins laying out a roadmap for meeting a 100% renewable energy goal by 2035. (Petoskey News-Review)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: While electric vehicles are becoming more popular in Minnesota, home charging is still rare for those who live in multi-family housing. (MinnPost)

OIL & GAS: A proposed natural gas gathering pipeline and processing plant in North Dakota could help reduce wasteful flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: The president and CEO of Dairyland Power Cooperative is retiring in July after overseeing an expansion of the utility’s solar portfolio in recent years. (WXOW)

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POLITICS: Climate change could be a key campaign issue this year in a U.S. Senate race in Minnesota. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: A South Dakota city approves a plan for its municipal fleet to run on ethanol blended gasoline. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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