Midwest Energy News

Industrial customers oppose northern Wisconsin gas plant plan

OIL AND GAS: Industrial customers oppose a utility’s plan to build a large natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, saying other options are available. (Duluth News Tribune)

ALSO:
• An effort advances to place a ballot question before voters that would ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Energy analysts predict a “major second wave of U.S. shale production” is coming. (Time)

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WIND:
• Michigan landowners who benefit from wind energy development say they are more likely to invest in their property and pass down land to future generations. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Iowa State University researchers find wind turbines in agricultural fields provide a net benefit for the crops growing around them. (AG Daily)
• Claims by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that wind turbines contribute to global warming and kill as many as 750,000 birds a year are greatly exaggerated and misleading. (TIME, Axios)

SOLAR:
• A Michigan county considers zoning changes that would allow utility-scale solar projects on farmland. (Lansing State Journal)
• Officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire that broke out on solar panels atop a Walmart store in Ohio. (Dayton Daily News)

PIPELINES: The Standing Rock Sioux tribe asks a federal judge for a “meaningful role” in the environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES:
• An agreement between DTE Energy and a downtown Detroit arena will supply the venue with renewable energy during five upcoming professional hockey games. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp will be the first Fortune 500 company to achieve 100 percent renewable energy through a single project. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

FRAC SAND: Residents and local officials speak out against a proposed frac sand mining terminal in Wisconsin that would fill in a portion of wetlands. (La Crosse Tribune)

CLIMATE: A federal appeals court rejects the Trump administration’s bid to stop a lawsuit from young people who are seeking government action on climate change. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: A potential compromise on U.S. ethanol mandates proposed by the Trump administration could reduce biofuel demand and cause corn prices to decline further. (E&E News, subscription)

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COMMENTARY:
• The former president of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association says legislation is needed to boost ethanol infrastructure spending. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Environmental advocates highlight FirstEnergy’s extensive lobbying to save struggling nuclear and coal plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A new survey of U.S. utility executives shows companies are “bullish on renewable energy, bearish on coal-fired generation, and want federal decarbonization policy by wide margins,” a clean energy group says. (Forbes)

MORE FROM THE ENERGY NEWS NETWORK:
• The risk of oil spills from offshore drilling would threaten roughly 860,000 jobs and $51 billion in GDP from Virginia to Florida, according to a new study by a nonprofit conservation group. (Southeast Energy News)
• With political support, experts say the Northeast could join California and other solar-heavy states as a leader in battery storage. (Northeast Energy News)

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