Midwest Energy News

Indiana coal gasification project brings promise, skepticism

COAL: Demand for government coal reserves buried under Illinois family farms has never been greater in part because companies get better federal leases compared to other parts of the country. (Midwest Energy News)

• An experimental “clean coal” project in southern Indiana would use coal and natural gas to produce diesel fuel and a liquid mixture often used as a solvent. (Indianapolis Star)
• The project is met with skepticism by environmental groups who say the technology is too expensive. (Indianapolis Star)
• A We Energies official says coal dust from a Wisconsin coal plant does not pose a public health risk, but is simply a “nuisance.” (WUWM)
• Dayton Power and Light employees receive layoff notices ahead of the planned closure of two Ohio coal plants. (Maysville Ledger Independent)
• Keeping U.S. coal plants in operation depends on a mix of “economics, commodity pricing and regulations.” (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES: Calculating the climate impact of Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and expansion project in Minnesota is difficult because it involves “predicting what will happen in the future.” (Minneapolis Public Radio)

FRACKING: A Democratic lawmaker in Ohio wants to ban hydraulic fracturing in public parks and nature preserves. (WOSU)

• Facebook and Adobe will share the output from a 320-megawatt wind project under construction in Nebraska. (Sioux City Journal)
• Subsidiaries of Ohio-based American Electric Power face opposition over the cost to build what would be the nation’s largest wind project in Oklahoma. (The Oklahoman)

GRID: The Southwest Power Pool grid, which covers Kansas and portions of Missouri and Nebraska, was supplied by 60 percent wind energy at one point last week. (The Oklahoman)

• A developer proposes a 70 MW, 650-acre solar project in northwestern Illinois. (Moline Dispatch-Argus)
• A southwestern Ohio city will allow residents with solar panels to sell excess generation back to the municipal utility. (Hamilton Journal-News)
• A solar group-buying program for residential and commercial customers is in the works in a central Wisconsin county. (Baraboo News Republic)
• An advocacy group outlines the barriers and opportunities for solar in Ohio. (Canton Repository)

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OIL AND GAS: DTE Energy’s plan to build a $1 billion, 1,100 -megawatt natural gas plant to replace retiring coal units in Michigan has “set off a bitter fight over the state’s energy future.” (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A planned refueling at an Illinois nuclear plant is expected to bring in 1,800 additional workers. (Quad-City Times)

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