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Minnesota Secures Another $8 Million for Facilities Project

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has secured another $8 million toward its athletics facilities project thanks to a new sponsorship agreement with TCF Bank.

The bank secured naming rights for the Golden Gophers football stadium in 2005, a 26-year deal worth $35 million for the university. New athletic director Mark Coyle helped spearhead an amendment to that agreement to allow TCF to contribute new money to the Athlete’s Village, a sprawling practice and workout facility currently under construction.

In return for the new money donated, TCF receives the option to extend its naming rights deal with the football stadium for another 10 years through the 2040 season.

The university has a goal of $190 million for the project. The latest contribution brings the total of funds raised to $120 million.


$80 Million Lewis and Clark Bridge Opens South of Williston, ND

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The new Lewis and Clark Bridge in the western North Dakota oil patch has opened to traffic.

The $80 million bridge south of Williston is part of a four-lane expansion project on U.S. Highway 85. The project included more than $340 million of state money invested in the bridge, two bypasses and 60 miles of highway from Watford City to Williston.

The bridge was the single largest infrastructure project bid in state history.

Transportation Director Tom Sorel says the highway is essential to the energy industry. Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford calls the project “a major milestone in the history of North Dakota’s transportation system.”


Citizen Group to Fight Ohio Contaminated Waste Facility

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — A newly formed citizen group pledges to fight federal plans to store contaminated waste in southern Ohio from the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports that more than 100 people gathered for a recent meeting of the Citizens Against Radioactive Dump.

The group opposes a plan by the Department of Energy to create an on-site disposal facility at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Federal officials say the facility would save money for the cleanup of low-level waste. However, an environmental report commissioned by the village of Piketon says there is cracked bedrock in the area and waste would put groundwater at risk.

Both the citizen group and Piketon officials are critical of the U.S. Energy Department. No representatives from the department attended the meeting.


Fremont Biodigester Reopens After 2 Years

FREMONT, Mich. (AP) — A biodigester that turns food scraps into green energy has reopened after shutting down two years ago over financial problems.

The new owner, Generate Capital Inc., wants the revamped Fremont Regional Digester to start running at capacity later this fall. The digester is expected to turn 165,000 tons of organic waste a year into enough green energy to power at least 2,500 homes. The original $22 million plant that opened in 2012 produced energy to power about 1,500 homes annually.

Generate Capital is working with Dynamic Systems Management to run the plant. Dynamic Systems says it upgraded the plant with “state-of-the-art controls” that will minimize odors.

In digester tanks, microorganisms convert ground-up organic waste into biogas, which is used as electricity. Leftover solids are used as fertilizer for local farms.


Solar Panel Demand Before Indiana Deadline Straps Nonprofit

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A group that offers homeowners a discount for outfitting their homes with solar panels says it won’t be able to meet the demand for that discount before a new Indiana law limiting compensation for solar power takes effect.

The Bloomington-based Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network says a vendor expects by year’s end to finish installing solar panels for only about 25 of some 260 south-central Indiana residents who are seeking its financial discount.

The Herald-Times reports program volunteer Woodie Bessler calls the situation “unfortunate and regrettable.”

The nonprofit blames the backlog on strong solar panel demand ahead of an impending state deadline.

Homeowners whose solar panels aren’t installed by Dec. 31 will see significantly less compensation from utilities for feeding excess power into the electrical grid under the new law.


Supporters of Clean Energy to Outline Jobs Campaign

BALTIMORE (AP) — Clean energy supporters in Maryland are announcing a new campaign to require that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

A news conference in Baltimore was scheduled to discuss a legislative proposal to expand Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. That requires utilities to buy a certain percentage of renewable energy each year from the current target of 20 percent by 2020.

The campaign also will call for investments in training for good clean energy jobs and assistance for minority and women owned businesses working in the field.


TEDxABQ to Be Powered by Solar Energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque solar company is helping a TED Talks-type event in New Mexico’s largest city run all on solar energy.

CloudSolar announced that it would power TEDxABQ on solar Sept 9.

Paul Droege, the company’s founder, says the attendees see “how easy and liberating” it is to use solar power.

TEDxABQ executive director Beth Haley says organizers try each year to make the event more sustainable.


Power Lines to Connect Wyoming Wind Energy to Southwest

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Construction on transmission lines to connect energy generated from wind farms in southern Wyoming to southwestern states is planned to begin in 2019.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Sept. 14 that the TransWest Express Transmission Project is looking to build 730 miles of transmission lines with 3,000-megawatt capacity.

The lines would connect from a terminal outside Rawlins, Wyoming, and run through northwest Colorado and Utah to end at another terminal near Las Vegas.

The lines would allow markets in California, Nevada and Arizona to access the energy.

The power will be generated from the southern Wyoming Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project that began installing 500 of 1,000 planned wind turbines last year.

TransWest is negotiating easements for the route with hundreds of private property owners.


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