Midwest Energy News

Midwest added renewable, energy efficiency jobs in 2017

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chicago’s new fleet of electric buses could someday serve as a battery on the electric grid. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• The Midwest added renewable and efficiency jobs in 2017 but lost ground in other clean energy sectors, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)
• Supportive state policies made Illinois and Minnesota leaders the region, with 119,000 clean energy jobs in Illinois and 59,000 in Minnesota. (Rock Island Argus, Minnesota Public Radio)
• Officials at the University of Dayton in Ohio defend the campus’ clean energy investments as a way to save costs. (Dayton Daily News)

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WIND:
• Wind energy production tax revenue in Minnesota increased fivefold over the past decade and is a key source of income for some counties. (Energy News Network)
• A Danish wind energy company agrees to purchase a Chicago-based clean energy firm valued at $580 million. (CNBC)

BUILDINGS:
• A city hall building in Wisconsin generates more energy than it uses through geothermal, solar and energy efficiency. (WLUK)
• Developers consider the net-zero energy potential for a planned 17-story building in downtown Minneapolis. (Finance & Commerce)

COAL:
• Industry officials and lawmakers discuss the future of Illinois’ coal sector. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A federal appeals court upholds a 2016 FERC order that allocated most costs for keeping an aging Michigan coal plant open to Upper Peninsula customers. (RTO Insider)

GRID: Advocates ask FERC to reconsider its decision to remake PJM’s capacity market, which could significantly impact state-subsidized nuclear and renewable generation. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• A lawsuit filed by a FirstEnergy subsidiary could derail a $10 million solar project at a former landfill near Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The head of a troubled solar company acknowledges that it failed to complete work on more than 80 projects in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to finish an environmental study on the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: A train derailment in St. Paul, Minnesota, causes roughly 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into the Mississippi River. (Pioneer Press)

POWER PLANTS: Diesel-powered turbines at a central Kansas power plant are converted to run on natural gas and biofuels. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: A Michigan lawmaker and outspoken critic of utility-backed policies loses his bid for a state Senate seat. (MLive)

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