Midwest Energy News

Indiana gas plant rejection part of growing trend

SOLAR: Minnesota nonprofits partner with developers to bring community solar to low-income residents. (Energy News Network)

• A rural Indiana couple is among a group of residents fighting a proposed 850-acre solar project near Indianapolis. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• A St. Paul, Minnesota, installer expands as the state maintains a focus on solar energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A municipal utility in northern Michigan considers power purchase agreements for two solar projects. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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POWER PLANTS: The recent rejection of an Indiana natural gas plant is among the latest examples of state regulators pushing utilities to plan for more decentralized generation. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: Ameren prepares to test a “transactive energy marketplace” in which customers could buy and sell power in real time. (Energy News Network)

• Nebraska lawmakers pass a scaled back bill that could make it harder to install wind turbines on private property. (North Platte Telegraph)
• A southern Illinois community plans to contract for wind power to reduce its energy costs. (Edwardsville Intelligencer)

PIPELINES: North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa are among states that have adopted stricter penalties for pipeline protesters. (Grist)

EMISSIONS: Local officials say a Chicago-area vehicle emissions testing facility is bringing congestion and other problems to the neighborhood. (CBS Chicago)

SUSTAINABILITY: A couple uses a mix of solar power, generators and energy efficiency to live off the grid on an island in northern Michigan. (9&10 News)

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GRID: Mild weather and cheaper fuel costs in PJM’s territory led to significantly lower wholesale power prices in the first quarter of 2019 compared to last year. (Utility Dive)

• A Madison Gas & Electric shareholder says the utility’s portfolio is still dominated by coal despite promises of a clean energy transition. (Madison Capital Times)
• Clean energy advocates say transmission investments are needed to help drive renewable energy projects in markets across the U.S. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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