Midwest Energy News

Can Ohio pay for abandoned coal mine cleanup?

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minneapolis program is spurring solar and energy efficiency projects in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• Ohio officials raise concerns about the health of the state’s fund used to clean up abandoned coal-mining sites as the industry struggles. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Utilities report serious groundwater contamination at coal ash storage sites in several Midwest states. (InsideClimate News)

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FINANCE: Critics say proposed legislation in Missouri to centralize oversight of the state’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program could discourage borrowing. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors are funded and continue working through the government shutdown. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: As advocates foresee renewable energy growth in Wisconsin, some policymakers are concerned over costs and access. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES: An Iowa jury awards $250,000 to a landowner who sued over the use of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline on her property. (Boone News-Republican)

OIL & GAS:
• A state regulatory board revokes permits and could assess millions of dollars in fines for 40 natural gas wells that have been idle for seven years in northwestern South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• North Dakota lawmakers propose legislation to stop a longstanding disagreement over shared revenues from an oil-rich reservation in the state. (Associated Press)
• No injuries are reported following an explosion at an oil field salt water disposal site in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: Researchers paint a bleak climate picture for Minnesota as state lawmakers consider legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Minnesota Public Radio)

BIOFUELS:
• The former operator of a southwestern Illinois biodiesel plant pleads guilty to altering test results to fraudulently receive $531,000 in tax credits. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A company plans a 30-million gallon biodiesel production facility in northwestern Minnesota. (KROX)

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ADVOCACY: College Republican chairmen in 41 states co-sign a letter saying conservatives should lead on environmental and clean energy issues. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• A Harvard researcher says the U.S. Supreme Court should reject efforts to overturn rulings that allow zero emissions credit programs in Illinois and New York. (Utility Dive)
• An Indiana editorial board says utilities should focus on cleaning up coal ash storage sites. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

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