Midwest Energy News

Lack of urgency weakens some utility carbon pledges

SOLAR: A technology known as SolarSkin allowed an Indiana resident to install solar on his roof after facing opposition from his homeowners association. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The Midwest is expected to be a main driver of 100,000 MW of new solar over the next 10 years, according to a new report. (PV Magazine)
• Researchers at Missouri University say Midwest states should begin focusing on recycling plans for solar panels as installations scale up in the coming years. (Rolla Daily News)

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EMISSIONS: A lack of urgency in some utility carbon emission pledges means they may have little impact in combating climate change. (InsideClimate News)

POWER PLANTS: A 140 MW coal plant in western Minnesota closing in 2021 will be displaced by a 245 MW natural gas plant in South Dakota. (Perham Focus)

COAL:
• Tomorrow is expected to be the last day coal is burned at the University of Notre Dame, a goal reached a year ahead of schedule. (South Bend Tribune)
• Peabody Energy plans to close a coal mine in southern Illinois by the end of the year, citing “uneconomic mining conditions.” (KFVS)
• Wisconsin House lawmakers approve state funding for a project to move coal piles away from a river in Green Bay. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

OHIO: “Aggressive petitioners” attempting to block a referendum on subsidies for Ohio nuclear and coal plants take their campaign to Ohio State University. (The Lantern)

GRID: Michigan’s transition from coal to natural gas and renewables is an underlying theme of an energy assessment recently released by state regulators following this year’s polar vortex. (MiBiz)

POWER PLANTS: Superior, Wisconsin’s city council plans to vote today on a resolution formally backing a planned natural gas plant ahead of state public hearings scheduled later this month. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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MICHIGAN: The development history of mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and oil in Canada laid the groundwork for the area’s utilities and pipeline infrastructure. (Great Lakes Now)

COMMENTARY: A retired engineering professor in Ohio says investments should be made in new technology for natural gas and renewables instead of subsidies for nuclear plants. (Lima News)

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