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May 19, 2019

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Iowa Governor To Lead Midwestern Governors Association With Focus On Transmission

By MGA  •    •  Posted 2019-05-19 12:15:53

Reynolds’ agenda will focus on creating a more secure and modern electric grid in the Midwest. The effort was initiated because of the promise – and the related problems – in delivering more energy from source to load (i.e., energy consumers) in the region, says the MGA. Under Reynolds – hailing from wind-rich Iowa – the association will bring together the energy policy and utility regulatory staff, as well as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and stakeholders, to establish a long-term transmission grid vision for the region.
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Politics & Politics

Google clears regulatory hurdle to build Minnesota data center

By Kirsti Marohn, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2019-05-19 12:16:51

Google’s plans to build a data center in Becker, Minn., took a step forward Tuesday when state utilities regulators OK’d agreements between Google and Xcel Energy to provide electricity for the data center from two dedicated wind farms. Google wants to build the center on land next to Xcel Energy’s Sherco power plant. Becker Mayor Tracy Bertram told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that the project would help her community transition away from a coal-based economy after two of Sherco’s three units are scheduled to be shut down. [ read more … ]

Ex-Trump EPA head Scott Pruitt spent $124,000 in ‘excessive airfare,’ inspector general finds

By William Cummings, USA Today  •    •  Posted 2019-05-19 12:17:07

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general released the results of an audit Thursday that found former Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff spent $124,000 on “excessive airfare expenses.”  The report looked at 40 EPA trips taken during Pruitt’s tenure that totaled about $985,000. The audit found “among other lapses” that money was spent “without sufficient justification on first- and business-class travel for former Administrator Pruitt and his staff,” Charles Sheehan, the EPA’s deputy inspector general, said in a statement.  [ read more … ]

FERC commissioners deny opportunity for state-by-state opt out of storage order

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-05-19 12:17:52

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted Thursday to deny requests for rehearing of Order 841, a landmark decision seeking to provide fair market access for energy storage resources. Commissioners were nearly unanimous in voting to affirm FERC’s determinations made in Order 841 regarding their authority over wholesale market sales, and to decline to adopt a state-by-state opt out of storage participation in the wholesale market. [ read more … ]

Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2019-05-19 12:18:18

Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global review. The research shows head-to-toe harm, from heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and damaged skin. Fertility, foetuses and children are also affected by toxic air, the review found. [ read more … ]

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