Midwest Energy News

$2.3M spent so far on Ohio ads against nuclear subsidy referendum

OHIO:
• The group seeking to derail a referendum on bailouts for Ohio nuclear plants has so far spent $2.3 million on an advertising blitz. (Toledo Blade)
• Advocates say Ohio is attempting to pivot from renewables and efficiency to support coal and nuclear plants as the power sector shifts to clean energy. (NPR)

TRANSPORTATION: Officials in St. Paul, Minnesota, roll out a program to replace vehicles in its fleet with more fuel-efficient models. (MPR News)

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PIPELINES: Enbridge is coordinating with an association representing Michigan counties in order to bolster support for a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, raising concerns from some local officials. (Michigan Campaign Finance Network)

SOLAR:
• A solar panel manufacturer seeks a state loan to add automation and more workers at a Minnesota plant. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)
• Ann Arbor, Michigan, approves a $74,000 contract to install solar panels on a fire station as part of the city’s climate action plan. (MLive)
• A Kansas company plans a 150 MW solar project at a major dairy farm proposed in central Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
• An Ohio city approves a moratorium on fees associated with solar panel inspections. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Construction begins on a solar panel canopy project at an Indiana airport. (WFIE)
• A religious order in Wisconsin now meets half of its electricity needs from solar power. (Catholic News Service)

UTILITIES: Some Duke Energy customers in Indiana voice concerns about a proposed rate increase that the utility says would help pay for coal plant retirements. (WISH-TV)

WIND: A public hearing is scheduled today on an Iowa county’s proposed 27-month moratorium on new wind turbines. (Radio Iowa)

CLIMATE: An event this week gathers Indiana mayors and other local officials to discuss local resilience to climate change. (Goshen News)

COMMENTARY:
• More transparency in long-term utility modeling would lead to more savings for ratepayers by purchasing low-cost solar, an analyst says. (PV Magazine)
• An Indiana editorial board says state lawmakers should develop policies that encourage wind energy development. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

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