Midwest Energy News

Chicago initiative seeks solar development on vacant property

SOLAR: A Chicago initiative seeks proposals from solar developers to repurpose vacant brownfield properties on the city’s South and West sides. (WTTW)

ALSO:
• Cincinnati plans to issue a request for proposals for a 25 MW solar project, which could be the largest of its kind in the U.S. on city property. (WVXU)
• Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are among some states that saw an overall price-per-watt increase on residential solar projects as a result of new tariffs, according to a report. (PV Magazine)
• A Wisconsin county partners with Madison Gas and Electric on an 8 MW solar project at the airport in Madison, Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The Illinois Tollway completes work on a $33 million maintenance facility that includes solar panels. (WREX)

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STORAGE: Iowa officials see huge potential for batteries to help make the most of the state’s wind and solar generation, and they hope to test it with new grant-funded projects. (Energy News Network)

POLICY:
• Environmental advocates gather in Chicago to speak out against the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy proposal. (Chicago Tribune)
• The Citizens Utility Board will hold public forums in southern Illinois on the region’s energy needs. (WSIU)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan lawmakers advance a set of bills setting stricter reporting requirements for pipeline operators, though advocates say they would do little to address concerns around the Line 5 pipeline. (Petoskey News-Review)
• Nebraska landowners transfer land to Native American tribes in hopes of disrupting the planned Keystone XL pipeline route. (Civil Eats)

BIOFUELS: President Trump is expected to announce during an upcoming trip to Iowa the U.S. EPA will allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol blends. (Radio Iowa)

WIND:
• Iowa community college leaders issue a joint letter to the state’s congressional delegation touting the economic benefits of wind energy. (Spencer Daily Reporter)
• Local officials in northwestern Illinois consider expanding an enterprise zone to provide incentives for more wind development. (Quad-City Times)

RENEWABLES: An official with grid operator PJM says a “significant chunk” of future renewable energy in the system will come from corporate power purchases and merchant projects. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla rentals will soon be available at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials expect modest growth in state revenue over the next two years as oil prices rebound. (Forum News Service)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says a planned solar-plus-storage project in northeastern Nebraska “would be a major breakthrough.” (Kearney Hub)

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