Midwest Energy News

Major Ohio solar project could set a template for other utilities

SOLAR: AEP’s proposed 400 MW solar project would “break the established regulatory mold in Ohio” and could serve as a template for other projects in the region. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• Some Illinois residents say local net metering fees are cutting into savings from installing solar panels. (Belleville News-Democrat)
• Officials review plans for a 7-acre solar project that would power a county courthouse southwest of Chicago. (Aurora Beacon-News)

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MICROGRIDS: Investing in microgrids as a form of insurance for resilience and reliability is a fledgling movement in the Midwest. (Energy News Network)

NATURAL GAS: Construction is halfway done on Alliant Energy’s 725 MW natural gas plant in Wisconsin that will replace coal units as advocates call for a quicker transition to renewables. (Wisconsin State Journal)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. and Minnesota price carbon emissions around $40 a ton, which researchers say is too low. (Minnesota Public Radio)

UTILITIES: The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel appeals FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy request to transfer nearly $300 million to other utilities that share ownership of two coal plants. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: St. Louis is among nearly a dozen Midwest cities that rank in the top 50 for clean energy jobs in the U.S., a new report says. (St. Louis Business Journal)

POLITICS: A political ad against the Democratic candidate for governor in Iowa over his previous role as head of the Iowa Power Fund is mostly accurate, according to a review of the claims. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

GRID: Federal regulators approve MISO’s plan to cut some analyses for its interconnection queue as a way to speed up proposed projects. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota officials adopt the findings of a study that aims to settle disputes over oil and gas ownership beneath the Missouri River, though the findings are expected to be challenged in court. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Cleanup is underway at a North Dakota injection well site where 272 barrels of brine spilled. (Bismarck Tribune)

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STORAGE: Grid operator MISO’s energy storage task force takes on a new role as an expert advisory panel that will research technical storage issues. (RTO Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• Decommissioning three FirstEnergy coal plants in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to analysts. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A Consumers Energy official rebuts claims in an op-ed that the utility is not prepared to transition to more renewable energy. (Detroit News)
• An editorial says recent announcements by Indiana utilities shows coal’s market share is waning. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

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