Midwest Energy News

Michigan case could decide how residential solar panels are taxed

SOLAR:
• A case before the Michigan Tax Tribunal could determine if residential solar panels are taxed as property improvements. (MLive)
• A planned solar installation would help an Illinois animal shelter reduce its energy bill by 20 percent. (Rock Island Dispatch Argus)

CLEAN ENERGY: A utility industry lobbying group and a prominent environmental organization issue a joint statement on the need to accelerate the transition to clean energy sources. (E&E News)

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WIND: South Dakota lawmakers reject a bill that would have lengthened the time regulators have to process wind energy permits. (Rapid City Journal)

PIPELINES:
• An activist accused of inciting a riot during Dakota Access pipeline protests wants a judge to force prosecutors to obtain and turn over evidence from private security firms. (Associated Press)
• Landowners in a northeastern Ohio city share ongoing safety concerns about living near the soon-to-be-completed NEXUS gas pipeline. (Columbus Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: An 820-megawatt nuclear plant generates $112 million annually for Nebraska’s economy, according to an industry report. (Daily Energy Insider)

RATES: Wisconsin has some of the highest electricity prices in the country, though customers spend far less on electricity than in most states, according to new data. (La Crosse Tribune)

UTILITIES: An Indiana utility is seeking a lower rate increase after federal tax reform allows it to pass savings on to customers. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

COAL: The Heartland Institute asks for a meeting with Missouri utility regulators to convince them that an aging coal plant should continue to run. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS: An outside law firm is hired to defend a North Dakota agency in a lawsuit against the state over oil and gas mineral rights beneath a reservoir. (Bismarck Tribune)

GRID: Road salt and misty rain combined this week to damage transmission and cause outages in the St. Louis area. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• A writer reviews a controversial video game that critics say promotes violence against oil pipelines. (Great Lakes Echo)
• A North Dakota utility regulator explains the process being undertaken to consider plans for a new oil refinery. (Grand Forks Herald)
• Democrats are making the same mistake they did in 2012 by pushing an aggressive renewable energy ballot initiative, a columnist says. (Detroit News)

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