Midwest Energy News

Developer withdraws plans for 600 MW wind project in Indiana

WIND: A developer withdraws plans for a 600 MW wind project in northern Indiana, saying “technical circumstances have changed unfavorably.” (Jeffersonville News and Tribune)

GRID:
• Ohio regulators are developing a grid modernization roadmap for the state’s utilities, though questions remain over costs and implementation. (Energy News Network)
• Environmental groups, zero-emission generators and Illinois regulators back  a set of shared principals as PJM redesigns its capacity market. (RTO Insider)

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NUCLEAR: A FirstEnergy company’s plan to give $100 million in bonuses to workers who continue to work at reactors set to close in the coming years would be discriminatory and “not make good business sense,” a judge rules. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota oil and gas regulators consider changes to the state’s oil conditioning rules that require companies to remove the most volatile gases before transporting. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• Alliant Energy plans to spend $2 billion on renewable energy and double its Iowa wind projects from six to 12 as it transitions from coal. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller plans to power its western Michigan plant with wind energy purchased from elsewhere in the state. (Grand Haven Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Multiple company announcements for charging stations and updated projections for EV deployment reflect a market that is “heating up faster than expected.” (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A developer gives details about plans for a 2 MW solar project in central Illinois. (Peoria Journal Star)
• The University of Nebraska Medical Center plans to install the largest rooftop solar array in the state. (Omaha World-Herald)

PIPELINES: Protesters block a bridge near Enbridge’s planned Line 3 replacement pipeline in northern Minnesota. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE:
• Iowa City officials adopt a climate action plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 and targets energy efficiency. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
• Local officials in Indiana at a climate change summit discuss legislative challenges to pursuing more clean energy. (NUVO)

COMMENTARY: FirstEnergy, DTE Energy and AEP are among utilities with ties to the U.S. EPA official developing the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule, a utility watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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