Midwest Energy News

Advocates say election could rekindle regional clean energy efforts

POLICY: Clean energy groups are concerned Ohio lawmakers will use a recent report by grid operator PJM to justify passing subsidies for aging coal and nuclear plants before the end of the year. (Energy News Network)

ELECTION:
• Advocates say new Democratic governors in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas may be an opportunity to rekindle previous efforts at regional clean energy policies. (E&E News, subscription)
• Illinois Democrats are expected to at least maintain solar development in the state following Tuesday’s election. (PV Magazine)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new organization in Minnesota pushes for increased investments in electric buses, particularly in areas most affected by air pollution. (Energy News Network)
• Xcel Energy’s CEO discusses the utility’s planned $25 million investment in charging technology and the future of electric vehicles. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Key questions remain for Ford on electric vehicle infrastructure as it begins to design and manufacture new models. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Officials in Aurora, Illinois, explore an agreement to develop multiple solar projects that could save at least $1 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years. (Aurora Beacon-News)
• An Illinois community college moves forward with plans for a 15-acre solar project on campus. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials hold a public hearing next week on proposed regulations to make oil safer to transport by rail. (Bismarck Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Several developments in Ohio take advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to complete energy efficiency projects. (Columbus Business First)

WIND:
• Nearly 500 residents attend a public hearing over a proposed wind project in rural Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• Neighbors celebrate as three wind turbines are removed near their Iowa homes for violating local zoning laws. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
• A member of a township board in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is defeated in this week’s election after his opponent criticized his position on a controversial proposed wind project. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette)

MICROGRIDS: The Missouri University of Science and Technology unveils advanced lead battery microgrid systems this week at its campus “ecovillage.” (news release)

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RENEWABLES: A conference in the Quad Cities area this week explores opportunities for residents and businesses to install renewable energy. (WQAD)

COMMENTARY: Despite the need for zero-carbon energy sources, FirstEnergy’s proposal to bail out two struggling nuclear plants in Ohio is “poorly conceived and must be rejected,” the Union of Concerned Scientists says.

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