Midwest Energy News

Developer: Offshore wind rules make project ‘virtually impossible’

WIND: The developer of an offshore wind project in Lake Erie says conditions recommended by the Ohio Power Siting Board would make financing the project “virtually impossible.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO: As the size of wind turbines increases, some residents push back against plans in southwestern Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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EMISSIONS:
• Minneapolis needs to reduce residents’ driving trips by 37 percent to meet 2040 emission-reduction goals, experts say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Iowa city’s draft climate action plan calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

SOLAR:
• A public hearing is set for North Dakota’s first major solar project, a 200 MW installation near Fargo. (Park Rapids Enterprise)
• Officials plan to add solar panels at Mount Rushmore to help power some of the site’s facilities. (KOTA)
• A Michigan county looks to nearby townships’ solar ordinances as a starting point for countywide regulations. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• Solar companies remain interested in a southwestern Indiana county, economic development officials say. (Vincennes Sun-Commercial)

PIPELINES: The Standing Rock Tribe criticizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for withholding a full report on the agency’s findings that the Dakota Access pipeline causes no significant environmental harm. (InsideClimate News)

OIL AND GAS: A judge will review a legal complaint against plans for an oil refinery near a national park in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

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POWER PLANTS: A former FERC chairman says discussion of coal and nuclear plant bailouts is “distracting from the real issues of the day.” (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• North Dakota’s tax-and-spend system that includes oil and gas revenue is a “royal mess,” a columnist says. (Minot Daily News)
• An editorial board says climate change impacts felt in Kansas City will increase electric bills for ratepayers. (Kansas City Star)
• The board chairman of a municipal utility in Missouri says renewable energy will play a growing role in the coming years. (Springfield News-Leader)

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