Midwest Energy News

Illinois fracking boom fails to materialize

OIL & GAS:
• An anticipated rush of oil and gas development in southern Illinois fails to materialize amid low oil prices and legal opposition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A company plans to expand its natural gas processing capacity in North Dakota. (Williston Herald)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Missouri utility under new ownership plans an aggressive pivot to renewable energy in the coming years. (Energy News Network)

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ADVOCACY: Indiana high school students grapple with cynicism and disappointment as plans are revived for a waste-to-energy facility across the street from their school. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: Minnesota regulators reject a utility’s plan for a renewable natural gas pilot program following concerns over transparency, costs and out-of-state gas sourcing. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OHIO:
• The state’s most-polluting coal plant is a beneficiary of a new state law that provides subsidies to keep the plant open. (E&E News, subscription)
• The legislation came amid a “flood of campaign cash rarely seen in Ohio politics. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: Bernie Sanders is the second Democratic presidential candidate calling for the shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)

GRID: AEP submits a $700 million grid modernization plan to Ohio regulators that would install more smart meters in rural areas. (Columbus Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Presidential candidates’ electric vehicle policy plans could be key for winning support in Michigan. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR:
• Three years after the contentious dispute over the Dakota Access pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe embraces solar energy. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Minnesota leads the U.S. in community solar installations. (Pioneer Press)

EMISSIONS: The Detroit City Council unanimously passes an ordinance to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 30% over the next five years. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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BIOFUELS: Democratic presidential candidates have competing stances on ethanol policy, which has strong support in the Midwest. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
Vox columnist David Roberts calls Ohio’s power plant bailout the “most counterproductive and corrupt piece of state energy legislation” he has seen.
• A researcher of statewide clean energy laws says the Ohio bill to subsidize nuclear and coal plants is the worst in the country. (The Guardian)
• A columnist says electric vehicle charging stations need to be more strategically placed to encourage drivers to charge in public spaces. (Forbes)

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