Midwest Energy News

AEP plans billions in grid, renewables investments in coming years

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Students, staff and parents are concerned about smells, pollution, and truck traffic from a proposed waste-to-energy facility across the street from a Gary, Indiana, charter school. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID:
• Blockchain companies looking to democratize the grid with peer-to-peer software seek to work collaboratively with Illinois’ largest utilities. (Midwest Energy News)
• American Electric Power plans to invest $12.8 billion in transmission and distribution and $1.7 billion in renewable energy by 2020. (Columbus Business First)

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UTILITIES:
• Critics say FirstEnergy’s multiple attempts to limit competition for its coal and nuclear plants would come at ratepayers’ expense. (Midwest Energy News)
• Stakeholders debate a path forward for regulating Minnesota utilities, suggesting the need to “proceed carefully” with performance-based incentives. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS: The Ohio Supreme Court rules 5-2 that county officials exceeded their authority by blocking an anti-fracking ballot initiative in Youngstown. (Youngstown Vindicator)

BIOFUELS: Minnesota corn farmers and ethanol producers cry foul over the U.S. EPA’s use of waivers for small oil refineries on blending requirements. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL ASH: Indiana environmental groups say rolling back coal ash disposal regulations could have serious negative side effects for some communities. (WBOI)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin environmental officials approve a frac sand rail terminal that will fill in four acres of wetlands, a project neighbors have sued to block. (LaCrosse Tribune)

BIOMASS: Manufacturers of wood-burning stoves and boilers push back against stronger federal emissions regulations that are set to take effect. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota solar contractor challenges the findings of a state investigation that recommended revoking his license and $50,000 in fines. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Cypress Creek Renewables partners with a community college in Michigan to develop a solar energy training program. (Michigan Radio)

WIND:
• An eastern Michigan county saw a nearly 16 percent increase in equalized value of personal property this year due to wind turbine construction. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends a public comment period for a planned wind project in eastern South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• NextEra Energy secures financing for more than 200 MW of wind projects planned in Nebraska and Indiana. (North American Windpower)

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RENEWABLES:
• Will County officials in metro Chicago agree to purchase half of their energy needs from renewables. (Daily Southtown)
• A company based in the western Upper Peninsula looks to branch out from hydroelectric projects to develop wind and solar. (Iron Mountain Daily News)

EFFICIENCY: An Indiana historic -preservation expert advocates for local policies that require retrofits of historic building stock to reduce energy use. (Jeffersonville News and Tribune)

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