Midwest Energy News

How the Farm Bureau has helped push back on climate policy

NOTE TO READERS: Midwest Energy News is taking a break for the holidays. The daily digest will return on Wednesday, January 2.

POLICY: The Farm Bureau is an often unnoticed ally in the oil industry’s fight against climate science and policy. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators approve two We Energies solar projects despite objections from renewable energy and consumer advocates. (State Journal)
• A 1 MW solar array is under construction near a northern Indiana township to help meet rising demand for renewable energy. (The News Sun)

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COAL: Proposed changes to Clean Water Act rules would expose Ohio waters to greater risk from coal mining, environmental advocates say. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Wind farm projects brought new revenue to an Ohio county and helped it boost its bond rating. (Bond Buyer)

RENEWABLES: Wind, solar and other renewables contribute more than $170 million in economic activity in North Dakota, a study finds. (Forum News)

OIL & GAS:
• After months of record output, Bakken oil production in North Dakota is expected to level off early next year. (S&P Global)
• South Dakota regulators give a natural gas well operator one last chance to bring wells into compliance or risk losing its permits. (Rapid City Journal)
• Authorities in Wisconsin this week released dashcam footage of a natural gas explosion in a Madison suburb. (WPTV)

UTILITIES:
• An Ohio city moves forward with a plan to buy electricity in bulk after voters approved a municipal aggregation ballot measure. (This Week)
• FirstEnergy wins court approval to sell a natural gas plant near Lake Erie. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A bioenergy company selects Gary, Indiana as the site of a new plant to convert municipal solid waste to transportation fuel. (Chicago Crusader)

ETHANOL:
• Pacific Ethanol lays off 26 employees at a Nebraska ethanol plant due to low prices and high supply. (Sacremento Business Journal)

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