Midwest Energy News

‘Clean coal’ coalition at risk with North Dakota Senate seat

ELECTION: The future of clean energy in Illinois and pipelines in Michigan are key issues in attorney general races today. (E&E News, subscription)

ALSO: A loss for North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp could upend the future of “clean coal” and carbon capture and sequestration. (E&E News, subscription)

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SOLAR:
• A city council in southern Illinois rejects plans for a $35 million solar project planned on contaminated brownfield property. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A Nebraska city signs a lease for a 5 MW solar project, which officials say will make its electricity rates among the lowest in the country. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)
• An Indiana utility’s solar investments are helping to decrease electric rates for customers, officials say. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)
• An urban wetland preserve in Wisconsin uses grant funding to install solar panels. (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram)

RENEWABLES:
• Westar Energy’s program offering renewable energy subscriptions to Kansas businesses and governments is 90 percent full before a wind project has broken ground. (Wichita Business Journal)
• Home Depot purchases renewable energy from projects in Minnesota and Kansas to help meet emission reduction goals. (Greentech Media)

HYDROELECTRIC:
• Plans for a hydroelectric turbine in downtown Minneapolis fall short due to local pushback and a lack of progress. (Minnesota Daily)
• Hydroelectric dams will become a less sustainable source of renewable energy as the climate changes, particularly in the developing world, according to a new report from Michigan State University. (Bloomberg Environment)

WIND: Turbine setback regulations continue to stall wind development in Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

OIL & GAS: A pump failure caused about 2,000 barrels of brine to spill at a saltwater disposal well in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

GRID: The CEO of grid operator PJM says the company will remain flexible as it develops new capacity rules. (RTO Insider)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A program in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula provides solar panels, energy assessments and energy assistance to low- and moderate-income households. (Marquette Mining Journal)

ADVOCACY: Henry Henderson, Chicago’s first environment commissioner and a long-time champion of clean air and environmental justice, has died. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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