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08/20/2014Mo. Utilities Look to Kan. Wind to Comply With Carbon Proposal

Aug. 20--For some Missouri utilities, compliance with proposed rules intended to curb carbon dioxide emissions may depend on Kansas. Empire District Electric Co., which serves Joplin and other areas in southwest Missouri, and Kansas City Power and Light say Kansas wind turbines could play a big role in meeting emission targets proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Each utility has ...
08/19/2014Ill. Residents Sue Over Prairie State Coal Plant

Aug. 19--Electric customers in Batavia, Ill., are suing promoters of the Prairie State Energy Campus, accusing them of misrepresenting construction and electricity costs in order to persuade the small Chicago exurb to participate in the plan to build the troubled coal plant. Nine Batavia residents are seeking class action status in their lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Kane County Circuit ...
08/19/2014Mich. Landfill Taking Other States' Radioactive Fracking Waste

Aug. 19--As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week. Wayne Disposal landfill located between Willow Run Airport and I-94 near Belleville is one of the few landfills in the eastern and Midwestern U.S. licensed to accept the radioactive waste, which has ...
08/19/2014Ill. Coal Plant Owners Say They've Done Their Part

Aug. 19--Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon footprint. "A more cost-effective approach for Illinois is likely to include the voluntary (switch to natural gas) of inefficient coal plants, augmented by the competitive development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and ...
08/19/2014St. Louis Utility: 1,200MW of Natural Gas Needed to Comply With Emissions Rules

Aug. 19--JEFFERSON CITY -- Ameren Missouri says it will need to add 1,200 megawatts of combined cycle natural gas generation by 2020 in order to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change. The massive addition to the St. Louis utility's power generation portfolio, at a cost estimated by a utility spokesman at about $2 ...
08/18/2014Roadblocks Remain for New International Span Linking Detroit to Windsor, Canada

Aug. 18--With a new CEO on board and plans to hire staffers moving ahead, the New International Trade Crossing bridge project enjoys what seems to be a clear road toward opening to traffic around 2020. But in big infrastructure projects like this, no road is ever as smooth as its backers hope. After years of debates and delays, there are still a few more roadblocks for bridge builders to ...
08/15/2014Exelon, Politics and Ill.'s Low-Carbon Future

Aug. 15--As a series of policy meetings kicks off Monday in Chicago to begin hashing out a plan to cut carbon emissions in Illinois, Chicago-based Exelon is busy pulling political strings to ensure it is rewarded financially for its nuclear power plants, which produce electricity without emitting carbon. Exelon, the country's largest owner of nuclear power plants, has been meeting with the ...
08/15/2014National Park Service Awards First Arch Grounds Renovation Contract

Aug. 15--ST. LOUIS -- The National Park Service has awarded a $13.5 million contract to two local firms to renovate the first section of the Gateway Arch grounds, project officials announced Friday. A joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies and Castle Contracting won the contract for renovations of the southern 26 acres of the Arch grounds. It is the first project of the $380 million ...
08/15/2014Ford, DTE to Build Giant Solar Carport in Dearborn, Mich.

Aug. 15--Ford and DTE Energy are joining forces to create a huge solar carport complete with charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. DTE Energy is funding the project that will provide 360 covered parking spaces with solar panels and offer 30 charging stations at Ford's world headquarters in Dearborn. The solar canopy will have the capacity to generate 1.038 megawatts of electricity ...
08/14/2014Kansas City Council Approves $4.4B Cerner Office Plan

Aug. 14--The Kansas City Council on Thursday approved city subsidies for Cerner Corp.'s proposed Three Trails expansion in south Kansas City. The incentives passed 9-1 with Russ Johnson voting no. A rezoning required for the project was unanimously approved. The incentives for the sprawling office campus, slated for the former Bannister Mall and Benjamin Plaza sites, had been endorsed ...
08/09/2014Mo. Utility Interested in Nuclear, Despite Ascendance of Natural Gas

Aug. 09--Past the razor wire and security checkpoints that guard Missouri's first and only nuclear power plant, there's an empty gravel lot where a second reactor was to have been built. Union Electric -- the utility now known as Ameren Missouri -- envisioned an $839 million, two-reactor facility when it began work in Callaway County in the 1970s. Rising costs and more conservative electricity ...
08/08/2014Power Plant Proposal Generates Ill Will in Suburban Chicago

Aug. 08--The village of Oakwood Hills hides on the edges of suburbia, away from major roads and huddled around tiny Silver Lake, an enclave of about 2,000 people. There are no sidewalks, stores, churches or factories -- just houses, some of them vacation cottages from the 1950s and '60s. The village hall is surrounded by cornfields. The local motto is "where the waters run clear and the air is ...
08/10/2014Chicago Agency Narrows Field for $2.3B Rail Route

Aug. 10--The route of the planned CTA Red Line extension on the Far South Side will run either immediately east or west of a freight railroad right of way, a decision that narrows five alternatives for the estimated $2.3 billion project down to two "desirable options," transit agency officials told the Tribune. Using the Union Pacific Railroad right of way in some fashion from 99th to about ...
08/12/2014High Bids Stall Preservation of 113-Year-Old Minnesota Bridge

Aug. 12--MANKATO -- The long journey by Blue Earth County, residents of Amboy, historical preservation groups and state transportation officials to preserve the 113-year-old Dodd Ford Bridge appeared to be nearing its completion until Tuesday, when high construction bids threw a last-minute roadblock in front of the project. "Anything good takes a little longer to get done," said County ...
08/12/2014Bad Axe, Mich., Opposes Nuclear Waste Plan for Site Near Lake Huron

Aug. 12--BAD AXE -- The city recently joined the effort to oppose a Canadian power company's proposal to store radioactive waste 2,200 feet underground and within a mile of the Lake Huron shoreline. Last week, the city council approved a resolution opposing the construction of the nuclear waste repository, which according to recent estimates would store 7 million cubic-feet of low- to ...
08/08/2014OPINION: It's Time to Go Big and Rebuild Mo.

Aug. 08--There is a path forward for those gloomy contractors and union workers who saw their dream of a statewide tax to fund new roads collapse on Tuesday night like a shard of broken concrete falling on a school bus. But first they need to re-focus. As soon as it was clear that Amendment 7 would lose badly, its supporters saw a totaled vehicle ready for the scrap heap. "I doubt if many of ...
05/28/2014Milwaukee Region Among 12 Picked for Federal Manufacturing Program

May 28--Efforts to revitalize and strengthen manufacturing in southeastern Wisconsin took an important step forward Wednesday as the area won a special federal designation. The seven-county Milwaukee region is among 12 areas, selected from a pool of 70 across the country, named "Manufacturing Communities." That designation allows the areas to receive preferential consideration for up to $1.3 ...
07/02/2014Ill. Acquires Airfield in Step Toward New Suburban Chicago Airport

July 02--The state has paid $34 million to acquire a private airfield in Will County that occupies a small part of the almost 6,000-acre footprint that is envisioned as the first phase of a large commercial airport to be built in the south suburbs, officials announced Tuesday. The transaction involving Bult Field covers 288 acres, including the airfield's 5,000-foot-long runway, airplane ...
07/16/2014ComEd Eyes Superconducting Cable in Chicago Loop in Anti-Terror Plan

July 16--Commonwealth Edison is working on a plan to install superconducting cable below Chicago streets to shield the Loop against power disruptions caused by terrorism or superstorms. "This program is designed to provide protection in a catastrophic situation," said Terry Donnelly, chief operating officer at ComEd. If the electric grid in the Loop area were to be compromised, the cable could ...
06/27/2014KC Unveils Energy Efficiency Initiative

June 27--Kansas City Power & Light Co., the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Kansas City are joining forces to put commercial, government and other institutional buildings on an energy diet. The partnership on Friday formally launched an energy initiative that aims by 2030 to slash the amount of electricity used in Kansas City by 5 percent. The goal is to make the area ...
05/28/2014Height of Proposed Coal Ash Landfill Is at Issue

May 28--The toxicity of coal ash and whether it will seep into groundwater weren't up for debate in the latest confrontation between environmental groups and Ameren Missouri. The question before a Franklin County board was whether the utility's proposed coal ash landfill is 2 feet above the natural water table. That's what Franklin County zoning regulations require, and that's what opponents ...
06/12/2014Wis. Utilities Two Years Ahead in Meeting Renewables Standards

June 12--Wisconsin utility companies met state goals for renewable energy use, two years ahead of schedule. A report from state Public Service Commission staff shows 10 percent of total electricity use in Wisconsin in 2013 came from renewable resources, for the first time. That's a significant increase from 2006 when 3.8 percent of the electricity used originated from renewable sources. Wind ...
07/12/2014Solar vs. Electric Battles Heating Up in Iowa, Wis.

July 12--Skirmishes between solar power supporters and electric utilities are intensifying, with standoffs in Iowa and Wisconsin attracting attention around the country. Most recently, in a decision cheered by solar advocates, the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday rebuffed concerns raised by Iowa regulators and Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp., which argued that a solar company's move to install ...
07/16/2014Minnesota Power Reaches Deal on Pollution Controls at Coal-fired Plants

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants. The company will install the technology to help settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to get permits and installing less-than-best pollution control technology at its plants. The deal announced Wednesday by the ...
06/27/2014Total KC Metro Construction Down in May

June 27--Increased residential construction locally was not enough to overcome a slide in commercial activity, dropping the Kansas City area total so far this year to about $1.1 billion, according to a new report. That's down 9 percent from a year ago. McGraw Hill Construction, a national trade publication, reported Friday that residential work was up 2 percent through May in the metro to $653 ...

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