Midwest Energy News

Indiana solar plan ‘shows how quickly things are changing’

MICHIGAN:
• In a shift for the office, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel brings an increased focus on clean energy advocacy and residential ratepayer support, and some critics are not happy about it. (Energy News Network)
• Nessel discusses in an extended interview the need to address climate change and why she seeks to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Analysts say Indiana utility NIPSCO’s plan to build out 2,300 MW of solar is rare for a coal-dependent and politically conservative state. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• A developer plans to repurpose a former contaminated industrial site in Illinois with a 27 MW solar project. (LaSalle News Tribune)

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POLICY:
• Advocates seek an injunction from a federal judge to block an Ohio law granting subsidies for nuclear and coal plants. (Toledo Blade)
• Former generals leading a group focused on conservative responses to grid resiliency oppose subsidies for nuclear and coal. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials with electric vehicle startup Rivian display models that are planned to be built in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

POWER PLANTS: Wisconsin regulators will hold public hearings later this month on a proposed natural gas plant in Superior. (Superior Telegram)

COAL: The future of energy production in Springfield, Illinois, remains uncertain after a consultant’s long-term plan recommended the city retire most of its coal-fired generation “as soon as possible.” (State Journal-Register)

OIL & GAS:
• A sand deposit found in north-central North Dakota that would be useful for the hydraulic fracturing process could be a boon for the state’s oil industry. (Forum News Service)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum touts the benefits of building a petrochemical plant in the state that converts natural gas liquids into plastics and other products. (Associated Press)
• A South Dakota rancher wins a five-year legal dispute against a major oil company after being cut out of trucking business in the Bakken oilfield. (Rapid City Journal)

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CLEAN TECH: The Argonne National Laboratory is partnering with the University of Illinois to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition. (University Herald)

COMMENTARY: An energy economist in Michigan says transitioning to renewables and storage for heating and power is a cheaper alternative than replacing billions of dollars’ worth of outdated gas infrastructure. (Bridge Magazine)

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