Midwest Energy News

Illinois fracking boom fails to materialize

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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