Midwest Energy News

Groups say invite-only Illinois utility planning meetings are unlawful

GRID: A lawsuit alleges the Illinois Commerce Commission violated the Open Meetings Act by having invitation-only working-group meetings on utility planning. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

OHIO: State lawmakers again consider legislation that would weaken Ohio’s clean energy standards, this time in exchange for relaxing wind turbine setbacks. (Energy News Network)

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BUILDINGS: Minnesota officials delay a decision on updating the state’s residential energy code, which sets standards on energy usage in newly built homes. (Energy News Network)

OIL:
• Cities downstream of an oil train derailment in northwestern Iowa are confident that drinking water supplies will remain safe. (Associated Press)
• The stretch of track where the derailment occurred is expected to resume service today. (Reuters)
• A tank leak caused 773 barrels of brine and 20 barrels of oil to spill at a disposal well in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND:
• Three developers show interest in wind projects in western North Dakota that county officials say could bring 200 turbines over the next four years. (KXMB-TV)
• Subsidiaries of Michigan-based CMS Energy enter into agreements for 250 MW of wind projects in Michigan and Ohio. (North American Windpower)

FRAC SAND: An environmental group and the Ho-Chunk Nation are suing over a Wisconsin agency’s handling of a frac sand operation permit. (La Crosse Tribune)

POWER PLANTS: Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he is not ready to disclose policy details of how the Trump administration plans to save struggling coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Oil and gas pipelines are an increasingly potent issue for Native Americans rallying against them. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• TransCanada files for a $15.6 million bond for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• Sentencing is delayed again for a woman who pleaded guilty to firing a handgun during the Dakota Access pipeline protests in 2016. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• An Indiana bank looks to capitalize on the growth of the solar industry by financing projects across the Midwest. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Officials in a northeastern Illinois community consider plans for a pair of 2 MW solar projects. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

HYDRO: Consumers Energy marks the 100-year anniversary of a hydroelectric dam it operates in western Michigan. (Manistee News Advocate)

COAL: Struggling miner Westmoreland Coal faces another setback as an AEP subsidiary discloses it will stop buying its coal for an eastern Ohio plant. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Officials in Akron, Ohio, approve a $25.4 million upgrade to the city’s waste-to-energy plant. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

UTILITIES: AEP plans to build a $130.4 million data center in central Ohio. (Columbus Business First)

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