Midwest Energy News

How the clean energy transition helps Midwest states lower emissions

SOLAR:
• A Missouri solar installer emphasizes hiring military veterans at a much higher rate than the industry average. (Energy News Network)
• A city in northern Ohio considers adding 1 MW of rooftop solar to municipal buildings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLEAN ENERGY: A reporting project examines the Midwest’s clean energy transition across agriculture, transportation and the electric grid. (InsideClimate News)

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ELECTRIFICATION: A widespread switch from gas to electric heat that some experts say will be crucial for achieving Minnesota’s carbon emission goals isn’t happening just yet. (Energy News Network)

MICROGRIDS: Wisconsin researchers help pioneer microgrid technology as an alternative to large, centralized power plants. (Wisconsin State Journal)

FRAC SAND: More Wisconsin frac sand mines are likely to close amid a nationwide oversupply, experts say. (Associated Press)

COAL: Major Midwest utilities transition from coal despite the Trump administration’s effort to revive the industry. (Salon)

WIND: South Dakota’s wind sector stirs public debate as larger turbines and more capacity comes online. (Tri-State Neighbor Reporter)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• American Electric Power partners with Honda to reuse electric batteries for grid purposes. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Ford’s $11 billion investment plan still relies on hybrid vehicles while competitors focus on all-electric vehicle models. (Detroit Free Press)

CLIMATE: A meeting of leaders from Midwestern universities scheduled for early next year will focus on climate change mitigation and transitioning to 100% clean energy. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: Wind, solar and storage struggle to compete with natural gas as coal plants are retired in grid operator PJM’s territory. (Greentech Media)

OIL & GAS: Ohio is among states with a large number of orphan oil and gas wells that are increasing safety concerns. (E&E News, subscription)

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UTILITIES: The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office is making an inquiry into an electric cooperative following questions about the sale of an affiliated company more than a decade ago. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy policy advisor says FirstEnergy shouldn’t criticize natural gas while seeking lawmakers’ support to subsidize nuclear plants. (Canton Repository)
• A lobbying group paid by FirstEnergy appears to have played a role in testimony filed by multiple supporters of a bill to subsidize nuclear plants, a watchdog group finds. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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