Midwest Energy News

Ameren pursues three solar-plus-storage projects in rural Missouri

Correction: A central Minnesota electric cooperative recently briefed local officials on a solar project that would be its first in the county but one of several it owns in the region. An earlier version of this digest mischaracterized the project.

COAL ASH: Michigan environmental officials will review claims by residents living near a coal plant that legacy coal ash storage sites may have contaminated their drinking water wells. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: Ameren plans to build the three largest investor-owned utility solar projects in Missouri, which will be paired with battery storage in rural areas to improve grid reliability. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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SOLAR:
• A solar group-buying program is helping reduce installation costs for residents in an eastern Iowa county. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A central Minnesota electric cooperative recently briefed local officials on a 3-megawatt solar project that would be its first in the county. (Star News)
• Construction is underway on a 36-acre solar project in southern Indiana. (Crothersville Times)
• Local planners recommend a northeastern Iowa county install solar panels at eight county-owned buildings. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• Roughly 846,000 gallons of fluid have been recovered from a 2015 leak at a North Dakota natural gas processing plant, more than three times the amount reported earlier to state officials. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A spill of produced water and oil has impacted pasture land in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Dozens of oil industry workers have been laid off in recent weeks by companies in the Bakken oil patch. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: An Illinois faith-based group says the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act would deliver $30 billion in new infrastructure investment and create thousands of new jobs. (Effingham Daily News)

GRID: The new president of transmission company ITC Midwest says grid modernization is key to meeting customer demand for clean energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says ads claiming the Chinese government is attempting to take over the state’s power grid are misleading. (Bloomberg)
• A utility watchdog group says DTE Energy officials are unnecessarily downplaying the potential benefits of battery storage. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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