Midwest Energy News

Indiana bill would restore solar net metering

SOLAR: A proposed 423 MW solar project in northeastern Nebraska would be the largest in the Midwest, though the plan hinges on an interconnection deal. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An Indiana bill would stop the state’s phase out of net metering and require utilities to pay customers full retail price for solar power sent to the grid. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• Developer Cypress Creek Renewables issues layoffs for about 20 percent of its workforce as it focuses on its most competitive markets. (Greentech Media)
• The bankruptcy filing of PG&E could jeopardize a power purchase agreement for an Exelon-owned solar project in California. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

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COAL ASH:
• Michigan utilities and environmental groups negotiated last month on a bill creating a statewide coal ash oversight program, though advocates say rules could be stronger to clean contaminated sites. (Energy News Network)
• U.S. EPA officials side with utilities looking for an extension on dealing with leaking unlined coal ash storage sites. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOENERGY:
• A proposed renewable natural gas pilot program in Minnesota faces opposition from state officials and clean energy advocates who prefer electrification. (Energy News Network)
• A Nebraska waste-to-energy plant sends excessive levels of solids to a nearby wastewater treatment plant, causing it to fall out of permitting compliance. (Sioux City Journal)

RENEWABLES: A survey of Michigan residents shows strong support for shifting from coal to wind and solar, while public support for natural gas is mixed. (WKAR)

WIND:
• A 212 MW wind project planned in northern Ohio could be delayed for at least two months as the developer seeks more time from state officials. (Toledo Blade)
• A Kansas university’s investment in a wind project saves more than $500,000 a year on energy costs. (KWCH)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer seeks three water-withdrawal permits in South Dakota for construction purposes. (Rapid City Journal)

UTILITIES:
• A Minnesota utility plans scheduled fuel interruptions today to manage high demand that could affect electric heating. (Duluth News Tribune)
• An official with Kansas utility Evergy says complaints about excessive rates don’t take into account grid and renewable energy investments. (Hutchinson News)

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BIOFUELS: Iowa lawmakers and renewable fuels officials say the industry is thriving despite some policy differences with the Trump administration. (WHO-TV)

COMMENTARY:
• Boating industry groups in Michigan and Ohio say a New Jersey ruling rejecting an offshore wind project could be an important precedent for plans in the Great Lakes. (Soundings Trade Only Today)
• Wind development brings economic benefits to rural communities in northeastern Nebraska, an industry group says. (American Wind Energy Association)

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