Midwest Energy News

Large southern Illinois solar project gains local support

SOLAR: A Minnesota nonprofit helps launch a community solar project in Vermont to lower energy costs for 50 low-income households. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Officials in a southern Illinois community welcome plans for a 30 to 40 MW solar project. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• A developer withdraws plans for a solar project in northwestern Illinois, while local officials are skeptical of a site selected for a project in suburban Chicago. (Sauk Valley Media, Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
• A $1.7 million solar project at a sewage treatment plant in southern Indiana is expected to save the city $6 million over 30 years while keeping sewer rates low. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• Three 1 MW solar projects come online in southeastern Michigan. (Engineer Live)

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WIND:
• The company planning a 70-turbine wind project in central North Dakota asks local planning officials to reconsider their decision to deny the project. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A 151 MW wind project in South Dakota will likely be approved by state regulators as no opponents seek to intervene in the case. (KELO)
• County officials plan to decide soon on a proposed 130-turbine wind project in southeastern Kansas. (KSNF)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Volkswagen subsidiary created under a settlement over the automaker’s emissions-cheating scandal emerges as an industry leader in electric vehicle charging. (E&E News)

COAL: A Missouri public utility says it has no plans to change how it captures mercury at its two coal plants despite recent efforts by the U.S. EPA to relax coal emission regulations. (Springfield News-Leader)

GRID: A group representing power producers claims grid operator MISO is improperly accounting for the ability to deliver some capacity resources, which could affect payments in an upcoming capacity auction. (RTO Insider)

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OIL & GAS: State regulators seek public comment on a recently completed natural gas pipeline replacement project in western Minnesota. (Fergus Falls Daily Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• The executive director of Vote Solar says public opinion strongly favors renewable energy, and lawmakers should find common ground on developing the resources. (Governing)
• The editor of Forbes Media says Indiana exemplifies the tension between the coal and natural gas industries, arguing that coal should continue to be used if it’s the cheaper option. (The Hill)
• Wind energy projects “provide a breath of fresh air” for small Nebraska communities looking for economic diversity, rural advocates say. (Grand Island Independent)

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