Midwest Energy News

Illinois officials shift course on spending Volkswagen settlement funds

RENEWABLES:
• A ballot campaign to double Michigan’s renewable standard risks re-politicizing the industry and causing project siting issues, some developers worry. (Midwest Energy News)
• A municipal utility in northern Michigan considers a 100 percent renewable energy goal, which would be the first of its kind in the state. (Traverse City Ticker)

MICROGRIDS: An Indiana company known for installing microgrids for the U.S. military sees an opportunity in mass producing the technology for private companies. (Midwest Energy News)

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VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT: Illinois officials will hold public meetings on how to spend $109 million in Volkswagen settlement funds following complaints that state officials were meeting privately with big businesses. (Better Government Association)

SOLAR:
• Cypress Creek Renewables launches training programs at community colleges in Michigan and Illinois to increase the number of skilled workers. (Greentech Media)
• A Wisconsin company launches technology that allows developers or property managers to store and share onsite solar generation between units. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

OIL AND GAS:
• A Michigan lawmaker submits a Freedom of Information Act request for state utility regulators’ communications relating to a new 1,100 MW natural gas plant approved for DTE Energy. (press release)
• The tribal chairman of the oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes in western North Dakota has been named to a U.S. EPA advisory committee on oil and gas development. (Associated Press)
• The cause of an explosion at a Wisconsin oil refinery last month is still under investigation. (WCCO)

COAL:
• The Missouri legislature passes a bill that would give the state wide-ranging authority over coal ash storage. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• FirstEnergy Solutions is allowed to exit a contract with Ohio Valley Electric Corp. and its two coal plants, saving the company $58 million a year. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Wisconsin advocates rally to demand Madison Gas & Electric eliminate its coal generation. (WISC-TV)

FRAC SAND: A company looking to build a frac sand processing facility in Wisconsin wants the state to review a judge’s finding invalidating a permit. (Associated Press)

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COMMENTARY:
• Top candidates to lead the Ohio House support utility “bailouts” after receiving campaign contributions from those utilities, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Energy efficiency advocates says a new Iowa law ends the state’s “longstanding position as an energy efficiency leader in the Midwest.” (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)
• Michigan’s congressional delegation has been consistent in opposing plans to store nuclear waste near the Great Lakes, lawmakers say. (Detroit News)

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