Midwest Energy News

Illinois solar developers, advocates make last-minute funding push

SOLAR: Illinois solar developers and advocates are united in pushing for a short-term “funding bridge” for the state’s depleted solar incentives during a brief lame duck session that could end tonight. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A planned 300 MW solar project in southwestern Indiana has secured leases from more than 65 nearby landowners, while the developer has hired a community representative to work with local residents and officials. (Inside Indiana Business, WEHT)
• Local officials are considering a developer’s plans for a 47.5 MW solar project in southern Ohio that’s planned to come online next year. (Times-Gazette)
• Construction is completed on a 2.3 MW community solar project in northwestern Illinois. (Journal-Standard)
• A 1.3 MW onsite solar project is expected to save an Illinois college $1.6 million in electricity costs over the next 25 years. (Solar Power World)

OHIO:
• State regulators are set to formally pause $170 million in customer charges to bail out two financially troubled nuclear plants under the state’s tainted HB 6 law. (Cleveland.com)
• The Cleveland City Council may subpoena FirstEnergy leaders to testify whether dark money contributions were used to undermine Cleveland Public Power. (Cleveland.com)

TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota automobile dealers and defiant Senate Republicans are building opposition against the state’s plan to adopt a zero-emission vehicle mandate. (Star Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Supreme Court denies a petition seeking to overturn a Minnesota county’s ordinance banning frac sand mining. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Akron, Ohio officials give initial approval to allow horizontal drilling and fracking under 475 acres of public land upstream from the city’s main drinking water supply along the Cuyahoga River. (Akron Beacon Journal)

NUCLEAR: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration hires an outside firm to scrutinize Exelon’s claims that some of its Illinois nuclear plants are losing money. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

WIND:
• A 150 MW wind project in mid-Michigan that Consumers Energy took ownership of in 2019 is now operational, the utility announced. (WNEM)
• A North Dakota lawmaker says moratoria on utility-scale wind projects in three counties is a futile attempt to save coal jobs and could harm the future of various agricultural enterprises. (Duluth News Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Enbridge is “hell-bent on jamming through their Line 3” pipeline under small northern Minnesota towns and the homeland of the Anishinaabe, writes author and activist Winona LaDuke. (The Nation)
• Bolstering renewable energy production should reduce the need for ethanol production in Iowa, University of Iowa researchers say. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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