Midwest Energy News

Groups ask Michigan regulators to reconsider $1 billion gas plant

NATURAL GAS: Clean energy groups ask the Michigan Public Service Commission to reconsider its approval of a 1,100 MW natural gas plant. (Michigan Radio)

BIOFUELS: Anticipated changes to U.S. biofuel blending requirements are expected to face opposition from refiners who say it will increase their regulatory costs. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
• Officials in a central Illinois county say the decommissioning plan for an approved solar project is “totally inadequate.” (WGLT)
• Seven projects await approval in a northern Illinois county as officials consider new solar zoning regulations. (Rockford Register Star)
• Developers are targeting agricultural land in another northern Illinois county for solar projects. (Rockford Register Star)
• In Illinois’ Sauk Valley, “solar farms are popping up like dandelions in the spring.” (SaukValley.com)
• An Indiana school district moves forward with the first phase of a solar energy initiative. (Kendallville Star)
• Geronimo Energy is waiting on a southern Michigan township to draft solar regulations before a planned project moves forward. (Sturgis Journal)

WIND: Another state grants approval for what would be the nation’s largest wind project, which is being developed by Ohio utility AEP. (Columbus Business First)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new report highlights the unequal access to electric vehicles for low-income communities. (E&E News)
• Recharging electric vehicles with solar energy was a theme this year at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual fair in Wisconsin. (WSAW)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A conference in northern Michigan will focus on boosting the region’s renewable energy portfolio. (Traverse City Ticker)

COMMENTARY:
• A growing number of conservatives oppose the Trump administration’s plan to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (The Hill)
• Advocates say DTE Energy’s “backward-looking proposal” for a 1,100 MW gas plant should be reconsidered by state regulators. (Vote Solar)
• An editorial board in Kansas says Westar Energy should not receive a rate increase to recover the costs of developing a wind project. (Lawrence Journal-World)

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