Midwest Energy News

Xcel faces pushback for proposed Minnesota gas plant

POLITICS: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, discusses her efforts to “build the coalition” around federal clean energy legislation. (Energy News Network) 

POWER PLANTS: Xcel Energy says it needs a new natural gas plant in central Minnesota as it transitions to carbon-free electricity, while critics say the plan “missed the mark.” (MPR News)

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GRID:
• Clean energy legislation expected this year in Illinois could push the state out of the PJM power grid. (Reuters)
• The Southwest Power Pool plans to spend $545 million in eight states over the next six years on transmission upgrades. (Utility Dive)
• Xcel Energy considers demand-side resources and “non-wires” alternatives amid distribution planning in Minnesota and Colorado. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: Several studies show the benefits of switching from coal to natural gas over the past decade are smaller than government data suggests when accounting for methane emissions. (InsideClimate News)

COAL:
• The Ohio EPA terminates a wastewater discharge permit for a proposed coal mine in the Perry State Forest, calling the project into question after land was already clear-cut. (WOSU)
• The Indianapolis City-County Council calls on Indianapolis Power & Light to close another coal plant in the southern part of the state. (Inside Indiana Business)

PIPELINES: Minnesota regulators are set to decide next week on a revised environmental study for the Line 3 pipeline. (MPR News)

UTILITIES: Kansas City utility Evergy pledges to add 660 MW of wind after an activist investor criticized the utility’s lack of commitment to renewables. (Kansas City Business Journal, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. metro areas will need to expand workplace and public fast-charging stations by 400% in the next five years to service expected growth in EVs, a report finds. (Governing)
• Wisconsin officials seek public input on how to spend $10 million in Volkswagen settlement funds for EV charging stations. (Milwaukee Daily Reporter)
• General Motors will start building an electric Hummer truck in Detroit next year. (Detroit Free Press)

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SOLAR: A developer provides updates on a planned 1,200-acre solar project in central Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• The head of a Michigan advanced energy group says having utilities competitively bid for renewable energy projects benefits ratepayers. (Energy News Network)
• Indiana Democrats mock a bill that would delay coal plant closures by proposing an amendment touting the benefits of whale oil for electricity. (Environmental Working Group)

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