Midwest Energy News

Midwest ethanol plants expected to cut production amid trade dispute

BIOFUELS: Ethanol plants across the Midwest are expected to cut back production due to oversupply and President Trump’s trade dispute with China. (Radio Iowa)

• Two ethanol plants in South Dakota are sold to a new company for $47.5 million as the previous owner liquidates its assets. (Associated Press)
• Democrats seeking to unseat President Trump embrace ethanol mandates as a way to combat climate change, though observers say the position contradicts support for policies like the Green New Deal. (E&E News, subscription)

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WIND: Ohio’s wind industry could soon face more hurdles to siting and producing wind farms if regulators approve new rules related to building codes and incident reporting. (Energy News Network)

• A Missouri utility plans to close a 198 MW coal plant by the end of this year and add solar and storage capacity in 2022. (S&P Global)
• Peabody plans to close a coal mine in southwestern Indiana in early October, impacting about 120 jobs. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• The University of Wisconsin plans a $3.9 million campus heating upgrade that would eliminate coal as a secondary fuel source. (WKBT)
• Local officials will investigate whether a former coal ash storage site in mid-Michigan is suitable for redevelopment. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A northern Missouri facility that converts hog manure into natural gas is operational and distributing across area pipelines. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: Exelon officials say Illinois’ transition to 100% carbon-free power can’t happen without PJM market reforms that keep nuclear plants open. (RTO Insider)

UTILITIES: The U.S. Justice Department is among the opponents of FirstEnergy Solutions’ proposed restructuring plan based on the protection it would give to its parent company, FirstEnergy, and other affiliates. (Utility Dive)

• A St. Louis private equity firm takes majority ownership of a local solar and storage company. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• Utility officials say a large-scale solar project is still possible at a planned Foxconn manufacturing in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee BizTimes)
• Local officials approve plans for a community solar project in southeastern Nebraska. (York News Times)

RENEWABLES: Cleveland officials pursue new opportunities for wind and solar projects as part of the city’s 100% renewable energy goal. (FreshWater)

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