Midwest Energy News

Iowa solar industry expected to take off after large project

SOLAR: Solar advocates hope a planned 100 MW solar project in Iowa will be the spark that jumpstarts the industry in the wind-dominant state. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ALSO:
• A 2.3 MW solar project at an Ohio university is the first in the state to include pollinator habitat. (news release)
• Plans move forward for a 150 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (Lima News)

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WIND: A judge temporarily blocks two county commissioners in Nebraska from voting on a wind farm permit because their family members would financially benefit from the project. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Officials in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, plan sites to add three public electric vehicle charging stations. (This Week Community News)

COAL: Large Midwestern utilities stick to plans to close coal units despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the industry. (S&P Global)

NUCLEAR:
• Environmental groups criticize the latest version of a bill to subsidize two Ohio nuclear plants for scaling back incentives for renewables and eliminating energy efficiency programs. (WKSU)
• Federal legislation to bolster the commercialization of advanced nuclear technology is seen by some as a backdoor attempt to throw a financial lifeline to struggling plants. (E&E News, subscription)
• Residents in a southern Ohio county raise concerns about radioactive contamination around a new nuclear waste storage facility. (Local 12)

OIL & GAS:
• A conference in North Dakota explores high-tech solutions to oil and gas industry challenges such as flaring and identifying leaks from well sites. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota oil and gas production remains steady, though officials expect transportation challenges to persist. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Cleanup is underway after 21,000 gallons of brine wastewater leaked from a pipeline in North Dakota into a tributary of the Missouri River. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Indiana Dunes National Park maintains the feel of a national park with hiking and camping while adjacent to a power plant along Lake Michigan. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES: La Crosse becomes the fifth Wisconsin city to set a 100% renewable energy goal. (North American Windpower)

CLIMATE: Across the Midwest, the number of dangerously hot days are expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades without action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Environmental advocates say claims made about the need to subsidize two Ohio nuclear plants have been consistently wrong. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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