Midwest Energy News

Ameren Missouri customers clamor for solar

SOLAR: Ameren Missouri reports strong interest in its first community solar project and starts a waitlist for future solar purchases. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ALSO:
• Invenergy signs leases with landowners in southeastern Wisconsin for a potential 250 MW solar project. (Janesville Gazette)
• A northern Michigan city approves plans to repurpose a blighted industrial property with solar power. (9&10 News)

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GRID:
• ComEd has mostly completed a $2.6 billion smart grid program, though its annual capital spending is slated to grow. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Mathematics students at Southern Illinois University work with Ameren to improve the predictability of grid reliability. (Southern Illinoisan)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Optimism grows in a southern Illinois city that electric pickup truck startup Rivian will repurpose a shuttered auto factory. (Chicago Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• A Wisconsin clean energy advocate says the declining cost of renewable energy means the state can cost-effectively transition from coal and natural gas. (WXPR)
• County officials in Wichita, Kansas, place a moratorium on wind and solar development as they craft zoning regulations. (Wichita Eagle)

WIND: A company looks to repower a 240 MW wind project in northern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)

COAL: A southeastern Ohio school district is set to lose $1.5 million in tax revenue due to the devaluation of a large nearby coal plant. (Gallipolis Daily Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• We Energies looks to boost its workforce training program as 28 percent of its employees will be retirement-eligible in the next five years. (WUWM)
• The University of Iowa hires consultants to determine whether privatizing the school’s electricity assets could jumpstart an endowment for academics. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois’ clean energy gains are in jeopardy without further investment and a focus on transportation, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board writes.
• U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit says city officials should reject Marathon’s request for a waiver to store petcoke in a way she says jeopardizes public health. (Detroit Free Press)
• A columnist says Waukegan, Illinois, has can be a clean energy leader in the region. (Lake County News-Sun)
• A former chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission says solar net metering customers are being subsidized by all other ratepayers for using the grid. (Detroit News)
• An Ohio editorial board says nuclear plants are worth saving through zero-emissions credits to address climate change. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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