Midwest Energy News

Michigan researchers explore energy storage potential in abandoned mines

WIND: Missouri regulators’ recent approval of the Grain Belt Express transmission project puts Kansas in a position to boost its wind production. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Local officials are trying to determine the cause of a fire this week on a wind turbine in eastern Michigan. (Huron Daily Tribune)
• A new partnership between Clif Bar and a developer will help small organic farms in the Midwest access wind power. (GreenBiz)
• An Ohio village removes two wind turbines that were meant to help power city operations. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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STORAGE: Researchers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula explore whether abandoned industrial mines could be used for pumped hydro energy storage. (Bridge Magazine)

SMART GRID: Ameren unveils a pilot project testing a “transactive energy marketplace” allowing distributed energy resources to communicate and make decisions autonomously. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE: Energy and transportation solutions will be key for addressing climate change in the Great Lakes region, advocates say. (MiBiz)

COAL: A municipal utility in eastern Indiana considers plans to remediate coal ash storage piles that could cost tens of millions of dollars. (Richmond Palladium-Item)

SOLAR:
• Local officials in southwestern Michigan approve a solar ordinance that will allow for a planned 200-acre development. (Bedford Now)
• The Iowa City City Council opposes a state bill that would add fees for utility customers with solar panels. (Daily Iowan)

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OIL & GAS: A pipeline leak causes 21,000 gallons of brine to spill in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Natural gas investments — including in pipelines — remain a key part of DTE Energy’s future, a utility watchdog group says. (Energy & Policy Institute)
• A growing number of state regulators make utilities account for the cost of climate effects caused by pollution they create, researchers say. (The Conversation)

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