INDIANA: Environmentalists say the use of “trackers” — line items that allow utilities to pass along costs to customers without making a rate case — are a bad deal for ratepayers and put renewable energy at a disadvantage. (Midwest Energy News) WIND: A controversial wind project in Goodhue County, Minnesota will be allowed to pursue […]
OIL: Michigan’s elected officials are reluctant to take a position on Enbridge’s pipeline expansion in the state. (InsideClimate News) WATER: A new report from the Government Accountability Office warns that increased U.S. energy production will further strain water supplies. (The Hill) COAL: As urban coal plants shut down in the U.S., entities aiming to redevelop […]
Two fronts have collided before Minnesota utility regulators, and now, observers on both sides are waiting to see which way the wind will blow in what’s been the state’s highest-profile and hardest-fought battle over wind turbine placement.
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Are wind farms in (relatively) densely populated areas like Goodhue County, Minnesota, doomed to run into fierce opposition from residents?
Wisconsin is the first state in the region to apply statewide siting standards to small wind farms, potentially eliminating messy fights over county-level regulation. Will other states follow suit?
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