CLEAN ENERGY: A seven-bill package from Michigan Democrats would update renewable energy standards, set a clean fuel standard, reduce building emissions and allow state regulators to consider climate factors when evaluating utility plans. (Michigan Advance)
GRID: The Indiana Senate passes a bill giving utilities first rights to build, own and operate transmission projects that cross state borders. (WFYI)
Upper Midwest Electrical Expo
NCEL invites you to register for the Upper Midwest Electrical Expo on April 19th and 20th. Registration is free. The Expo will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We hope to see you there!
POLICY: Wisconsin Republicans advance a bill that would block the state and local governments from banning fossil fuel-powered tools, appliances and vehicles. (Wisconsin Examiner)
OIL & GAS:
• Tens of thousands of leaking abandoned oil and gas drilling wells dot eastern Ohio with no fix in sight, a journalist’s investigation finds. (Statehouse News Bureau)
• Xcel Energy is fighting to extend a Minnesota law that allows utilities to charge customers while fast-tracking gas infrastructure upgrades without standard regulatory review. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• State officials are working to remediate riverside areas with suspected crude oil puddles and sheens following recent flooding in western Michigan. (MLive)
• The Minnesota Senate passes a bill requiring the use of skilled contractors at refineries following a recent asphalt spill at a Twin Cities facility. (Pioneer Press)
NUCLEAR: An Illinois House committee advances legislation to lift the state’s 1987 ban on the construction of new nuclear plants. (WAND)
SOLAR: Critics say a Michigan county’s planned one-year moratorium on commercial solar projects would hamper the state’s clean energy goals. (Lansing State Journal)
CARBON CAPTURE: A carbon pipeline developer says it has secured voluntary land easements for nearly 68% of the project’s path through Iowa. (Globe Gazette)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Automakers are working to cut electric vehicle manufacturing costs, which will drive down prices for consumers as mass-market vehicles become available. (CNBC)
WIND: Detroit-based utility DTE Energy opens a $300 million wind project that makes it the largest wind project in Michigan. (WNEM)
• Ohio climate activists say cooperation among local governments on shared climate goals is key to making progress on emission-reduction targets. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• A draft climate action plan for Ames, Iowa, outlines $3.2 billion in spending by 2050 on electrification, renewable energy and net-zero building, among other initiatives. (Iowa State Daily)
• Three Indiana cities plan to sign joint resolutions to collaborate on climate change planning and secure federal funding for sustainable development projects. (Indiana Daily Student)
Midwest Energy Policy Series
Network and learn from leading industry experts at the Midwest Energy Policy Series on infrastructure, the premiere conference for energy professionals in the Midwest, on April 25th in Kansas City or virtually.
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• A southeastern Michigan city with its own electric utility reports fewer and shorter outages — and more customer satisfaction — compared to large investor-owned utilities. (WDIV)
• FirstEnergy presents new plans for running power lines through downtown Youngstown, Ohio, after regulators last year rejected the utility’s initial proposal. (WYTV)