GRID: Supply chain disruptions, inflation and an expanded route more than double the price of a proposed Minnesota transmission project to $1.14 billion. (Star Tribune)

CLIMATE:

  • Wisconsin Democrats propose a sweeping, 20-bill climate package that they hope gains at least some bipartisan support with measures involving energy efficiency and agriculture. (Wisconsin Examiner)
  • More stress on infrastructure, public health risks and disrupted growing seasons are among anticipated long-term climate impacts in the Midwest, according to the latest national climate assessment. (Minnesota Reformer)

SOLAR:

  • Detroit neighborhood activists are divided over the city’s plan to build ground-mounted solar projects across vacant and blighted properties. (Planet Detroit/Vxartnews)
  • The developer of a $1.5 billion, 1.6 GW solar project in northwestern Indiana wants to incorporate crops and livestock on the sprawling site. (Inside Indiana Business)
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, seeks options from potential developers of an up to 16 MW, two-phase solar project on a former landfill and remediated U.S. EPA superfund site. (Crain’s Grand Rapids Business)
  • County officials in Wichita, Kansas, hold a town hall on potential commercial solar regulations as a moratorium on development remains in place. (Wichita Eagle)
  • Black Hills Energy is no longer pursuing a plan to lower the rates it reimburses rooftop solar customers for the excess power they send back to the grid. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

WIND:

  • Renewable energy developers say a southwestern Iowa county’s proposal to increase setback distances for wind turbines would be a “project killer.” (Daily Nonpareil)
  • A developer is negotiating with eastern Illinois property owners to build a 50- to 75-turbine wind project as local officials debate zoning options. (News-Gazette)

UTILITIES: Illinois ratepayer advocates praise state regulators for limiting four gas utilities’ proposed rate increases to roughly half of what the companies requested. (State Journal-Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:

PIPELINES: A South Dakota county creates an advisory committee to consider and propose zoning regulations and setback distances for carbon capture pipelines. (Mitchell Republic)

NUCLEAR: A South Dakota panel considers signing a letter of intent with federal nuclear regulators that would open the state to potential nuclear power development. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

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Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.