Midwest Energy News

Central Ohio adds EV charging stations

GRID: An upcoming decision by federal regulators on PJM’s capacity market could give Illinois and other states greater autonomy to pursue clean energy. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: More than 400 EV charging stations have been installed in public and workplaces in central Ohio with more planned in the coming years. (Columbus Dispatch)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Experts say the latest long-term projections by the Energy Information Administration overstate coal’s market share and downplay renewable energy growth. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Consumers Energy asks Michigan regulators to suspend solar interconnection applications after seeing an unprecedented spike in interest. (PV Magazine)
• Solar job training in central Illinois increases as more utility-scale projects are expected to come online. (WGLT)
• Chicago suburb Naperville is selected to receive a 1 MW solar project through a nonprofit organization. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
• Two large solar projects totaling 340 MW are approved in Michigan and Illinois. (PV Magazine)
• A Minnesota solar installer says residents should act quickly in order to take advantage of a 30 percent tax credit this year. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• Officials in Ames, Iowa, seek more participants in a community solar project. (Ames Tribune)
• Construction begins on a solar project on top of a St. Louis parking garage. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

EMISSIONS: The Minneapolis-based Great Plains Institute worked for nearly a decade on getting Congress to pass incentives for carbon capture and storage. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Ohio environmental groups appeal a state permit issued for a coal strip mining project in a state forest. (Zanesville Times Recorder)

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OIL & GAS: A Madison, Wisconsin, suburb sues multiple entities over a gas explosion last year that killed one person and leveled several buildings. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Integrated Resource Plans filed by utilities in multiple Midwest states will help guide the region’s clean energy transition, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A frequent critic of renewable energy in Ohio is among the candidates for an open seat on the state Public Utilities Commission, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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