Midwest Energy News

Illinois solar credit lottery a ‘long time coming’

UTILITIES: Who pays for decommissioning coal and nuclear plants remains a key sticking point in bankruptcy proceedings for FirstEnergy Solutions. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Illinois’ first lottery for renewable energy credits awards 112 community solar projects, leaving around 800 projects on a wait list. (Illinois Public Media)
• Projects from across the state were selected — including two near Peoria — in a process that was a “long time coming,” a state official says. (Peoria Journal Star)
• A northern Michigan township adopts zoning regulations for solar projects on agricultural land. (WPBN)
• A community in northwestern Nebraska explores the potential for community solar. (Chadron Record)

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STORAGE: A group of electric cooperatives tests whether installing batteries in customers’ homes is a cost effective way to reduce peak demand. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are among the top Midwest states for clean energy jobs thanks to strong automotive and manufacturing roots, according to a new survey. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A bipartisan group of lawmakers moves to block President Trump’s attempt to end a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)

FRAC SAND: A company argues before the Minnesota Supreme Court that a county’s ban on frac sand mining is unconstitutional. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FOSSIL FUELS: President Trump signs two executive orders targeting states’ ability to challenge oil, natural gas and coal projects. (Reuters)

WIND:
• Nebraska had a higher growth rate for wind projects than any other state in 2018, according to a new report. (Norfolk Daily News)
• Xcel Energy plans to add 200 MW of wind generation in the Upper Midwest by 2021. (Power Engineering)

TRANSPORTATION: U.S. automakers are concerned that President Trump’s attempt to roll back fuel efficiency standards will create a divided market when states decide whether to follow the rules. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: A natural gas pipeline that exploded in central Missouri last month is now functioning properly. (Mexico Ledger)

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COAL: Officials estimate 7 GW of coal generation will retire by the end of 2020, resulting in a corresponding decline in U.S. production. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• A Wisconsin editorial says WE Energies’ coal-plant investments in the early 2000s still cost ratepayers. (Shepherd Express)
• As the Midwest leader in clean energy jobs, “now more than ever clean energy seems to be pervading and sustaining every aspect” of Michigan, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A Minnesota ratepayer advocate responds to concerns about the state’s clean energy goals increasing prices: “Clean energy is the best option if we want to keep our energy bills low.” (Duluth News Tribune)

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