Midwest Energy News

Analysts forecast strong solar growth in Ohio

SOLAR: With large-scale solar projects approved and planned, analysts rank Ohio high among Midwest states poised for solar growth. (PV Magazine)

• A solar project is expected to come online next month that will boost a northern Iowa city’s renewable energy capacity. (KIMT)
• An Illinois school district plans to save hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy costs over the next 25 years with solar. (KWWL)
• A developer pursues land leases for a 150 MW solar project in central Kansas. (Great Bend Tribune)

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PIPELINES: The Minnesota Commerce Department refiles its appeal with a state court to the Line 3 replacement project. (Associated Press)

NATURAL GAS: Consumers Energy says a release of natural gas led to a fire at a compressor station during this winter’s polar vortex. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy Solutions plans to refile a disclosure statement after a judge rejects a key component of its restructuring plan. (Toledo Blade)

RENEWABLES: A 100 percent renewable energy goal in Lansing, Michigan, doesn’t call for new generation, but advocates hope it sends a signal for others to invest in renewables. (City Pulse)

GRID: Indiana Michigan Power plans $84 million in grid infrastructure upgrades in an eastern Indiana county. (Muncie Journal)

OIL & GAS: President Trump plans to sign two executive orders aimed at boosting the U.S. oil and gas sector. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLIMATE: Advocates discuss the importance of shifting Iowa’s power mix from coal to wind to address climate change. (Estherville News)

COMMENTARY: Advocacy groups pushing for utility coal ash cleanup plans say states like Illinois can use North Carolina as a model. (Earthjustice)

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