Midwest Energy News

Indiana sees wind farm construction growth despite policy

SOLAR: Xcel Energy wants to change how Minnesota calculates its “value of solar” rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators. The complicated formula involves eight key variables. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Indiana has experienced a surge in wind farm construction during the past decade despite a lack of clear, uniform standards. (Associated Press)
• A judge schedules a hearing in lawsuit by NextEra and landowners challenging a Kansas county’s permit denial for a proposed wind farm. (Hutchinson News)
• Ohio regulators will hold a public hearing Thursday for Republic Wind’s application for a 200 MW wind farm. (Advertiser-Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• A divisive fight over a crude oil pipeline project in Minnesota pits environmentalists against trade unions and highlights the dilemmas facing Democrats in some 2020 battleground states. (Associated Press)
• Enbridge seeks permission to conduct land surveys in Wisconsin as it considers re-routing a pipeline off of Chippewa land. (Associated Press)
• Iowa utility regulators ask Dakota Access to file for an amendment to a state permit to more than double the amount of oil flowing through its pipeline. (The Hawk Eye)
• A federal appeals court says FERC failed to justify its approval of the Nexus natural gas pipeline through Ohio and Michigan. (E&E News, subscription)

NATURAL GAS: A Wisconsin tribe joins environmental groups urging state regulators to reject plans to build a $700 million natural gas-fired power plant. (Associated Press) 

BIOFUELS:
• A southern Minnesota ethanol co-op suspends operations and begins mothballing its plant amid economic duress in the industry. (Star Tribune)
• North Dakota officials visited Brazil in hopes of building relationships that will open a new market for ethanol produced in the state. (Forum News Service)
• U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio criticizes the Trump administration for issuing biofuel waivers to refiners that he says are hurting Ohio farmers. (WOSU)

GEOTHERMAL: A Missouri high school expects to save $1.9 million over the next decade from a new geothermal heating and cooling system. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Security workers and Xcel Energy tentatively settle a labor dispute that had led to picketing at a central Minnesota nuclear plant. (MPR News)

COMMENTARY: Ohio voters may be surprised to learn its anti-tax, Republican-run legislature imposed a new “tax” in July, a columnist writes. (Columbus Dispatch)

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