Daily Digest

Google plans major wind investments in the Midwest

COAL:
• A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties. (Midwest Energy News)
• Wisconsin-based WEC Energy has an updated timeline for closing a coal plant in Green Bay. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

GRID:
• A developer is finalizing plans to bury a transmission line along existing railroad tracks to move wind energy from north-central Iowa to the Chicago area. (Midwest Energy News)
• Power companies are planning upgrades in Ann Arbor, Michigan to improve grid reliability. (MLive)
• A Wisconsin utility’s plan to rebuild 68 miles of a transmission line in the western part of the state could harm some endangered species, state officials say. (La Crosse Tribune)

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WIND:
• A wind developer says it is prepared to walk away from a $92 million project in Ohio unless state lawmakers ease rules on turbine setback requirements. (Toledo Blade)
• Google plans to procure hundreds of megawatts of power from wind projects in South Dakota and Iowa. (Bloomberg)
• Operations and maintenance spending on North America’s aging wind energy sector will surpass $40 billion by 2025, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• How Minnesota-based Xcel Energy is planning for a future with more wind energy. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan are planning a tour of solar installations at places of worship in hopes of encouraging congregations to go solar. (MLive)
• A Minnesota town moves forward with a community solar project. (Granite Falls Advocate Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Independent producers of renewable energy in Michigan vow to appeal a state regulatory decision that sets avoided costs for a major utility. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota officials plan to continue investments in energy efficiency. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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BIOFUELS:
• President Trump plans to meet with oil industry representatives to discuss potential changes to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. (Reuters)
• Despite a favorable decision by the U.S. EPA last week and assurances from administrator Scott Pruitt, renewable fuels advocates are concerned about future changes to federal biofuel policies. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES: The first protesters jailed following Dakota Access pipeline protests last year appeal a North Dakota court ruling. (Bismarck Tribune)

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