Midwest Energy News

Fargo residents seek renewable energy buying program

RENEWABLES: Fargo, North Dakota residents ask city officials to work with Xcel Energy on a voluntary renewable energy purchasing program. (The Forum)

ALSO:
• An advocate says a North Dakota county could save billions of dollars by transitioning to electric vehicles and renewable energy. (The Forum)
• Wisconsin’s WEC Energy Group sees a larger role for wind and solar as costs continue to decline. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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SOLAR:
• A Canadian company is restarting production in a once shuttered northern Minnesota solar panel manufacturing plant with the help of a state loan package. (Energy News Network)
• A series of 2 MW solar projects are planned in central Illinois. (Peoria Journal Star)

WIND:
• Lingering concerns over the impact on birds and bats appears to be the last hurdle for an offshore wind project in Lake Erie. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• DTE Energy is still in the development stage of a potential 50- to 70-turbine project in southern Michigan. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)
• An Ohio resident uses a backyard wind turbine to offset her energy use. (Columbus Dispatch)

POWER PLANTS:
• An Ohio natural gas plant developer says a coal and nuclear bailout would “shatter Ohio’s competitive energy market, endanger investments in gas-fired plants,” and cost ratepayers billions. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A southeastern Michigan city plans to challenge DTE Energy’s attempt to devalue a coal plant, which could lead to less tax revenue. (Monroe News)

COAL: A coal company suspends plans for a strip mine in southeastern Ohio to reassess the project. (Athens News)

NATURAL GAS: A study links the influx of shale gas workers in eastern Ohio to increased rates of sexually transmitted infections. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: North Dakota seeks $38 million from the Army Corps of Engineers to pay back the state’s costs for policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS:
• Plans move forward to build the country’s first waste-to-ethanol plant in Minnesota, though permitting hurdles remain. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Illinois ethanol industry officials say the sector’s outlook is still strong despite uncertainty from a growing trade war with China. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• Nebraska’s ethanol industry continues to expand. (Kearney Hub)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Battery-electric buses have noticeable environmental benefits over diesel and natural gas buses, even in the Midwest with relatively more coal generation, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Declining equipment costs and “stable state policy” is making Illinois a leader in solar industry growth, advocates say. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• Advocates note that even some coal industry groups say a bailout of uneconomic plants is not needed for reliability. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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