By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In a ruling issued Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District rejected claims that the Public Service Commission had erred in giving a green light in March to the construction of the Grain Belt Express Transmission line. The 19-page ruling is the latest victory for backers of the project, which aims to bring Kansas wind energy east to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
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Website: Grain Belt Express Transmission Line
ADDITIONAL MIDWEST NEWS & OPINION
- Minnesota solar installers expect new standard to streamline interconnection, Energy News Network. Minnesota chose to incorporate IEEE 1547-2018, an emerging national standard designed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Several organizations advocated for the standard, including the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. “This establishes modern, clear, and more efficient interconnection standards for distributed generation in Minnesota,” said Sky Stanfield, partner with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, attorneys for IREC. “It’s good for the grid and distributed generation in the state.”
- Letter: Community bankers know a good deal — solar energy, by Howard Leaner, Bismarck Tribune. Howard Learner is executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. The Midwest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization is engaged in North Dakota, Iowa and South Dakota.
- Kalamazoo County parks ban oil, mineral and other natural resource extraction, Michigan Live
- These tiny model homes are teaching big concepts in building weatherization, Energy News Network
- Turbine permits to be allowed while officials consider regulation change, Beatrice Daily Sun
- Nebraska county rejects wind towers, calls for more research on potential health effects, Omaha World-Herald
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- New York is a 2 GW solar state, PV Magazine
With the opening of the Mechanicville Community Solar Project, New York has become the 9th state to install 2 GW of solar. There is, however, no time to celebrate as the state has 5 years to add another 4 GW.
- LADWP embarks on hydrogen generation project, American Public Power Association
The driving factor behind the decision for LADWP to shut down the coal facility and replace it with another generation source was the city’s adoption of a target to be powered by 55% renewable energy by 2025 and be powered 80% by renewable energy by 2036. In addition, Los Angeles, like the rest of California, faces a target of being powered 100% by clean energy by 2045.
- Fairfax County awards solar contracts for 113 county and school facilities, Fairfax County Times
- Santa Barbara School District Looks at 18 Sites for Microgrids. Intends to Issue RFP, Microgrid Knowledge
- Georgia approves almost $1.8B in rate hikes to cover coal ash clean up, by Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive
- 46% of U.S. homeowners want rooftop solar, PV Magazine
- The Wind PTC Cliff Is Looking Less and Less Scary, Greentech Media
The American wind market was expected to continue putting up solid numbers, and that was before the latest PTC extension.
- 7 European Companies Looking to Go Big in American Clean Power in 2020, Greentech Media
- What a Year! 10 Stories That Propelled Energy Storage in 2019, Greentech Media
More batteries installed. More markets opening up. And grid storage making itself indispensable in unanticipated ways.
- The US Residential Solar Market Is Set For Major Change in the 2020s, Greentech Media
Incentives and falling costs took the market this far. Geographic diversification and home solar mandates could change the equation again.
The business case for gender equality in solar, PV Magazine
The writer, Lara Anton, is responsible for the client management of Samuel Knight International’s renewable energy portfolio.
8 schools that went solar in 2019, by Kelsey Misbrenner, Solar Power World
Solar installations powering K-12 schools are on the rise. Creative financing through PPAs and grants help make these nonprofit installations a possibility, and the benefits are vast: Schools save money on electricity, and students get firsthand experience with solar energy.