Midwest Energy News

Midwest states expect slight cost increases after solar tariff decision

• New tariffs aren’t expected to have long-term damage on the U.S. solar industry, though it could slow investment in next-generation solar technologies. (Christian Science Monitor)
• Ohio companies expect the tariffs to result in a less than 5 percent cost increase for residential and commercial projects, while minimal effects are also expected in Wisconsin. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Minnesota’s only solar panel manufacturer is poised for growth regardless of President Trump’s new tariffs. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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• A city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will seek bids for a 1-megawatt solar project as a way to offset its electric costs. (Escanaba Daily Press)
• Will County officials outside of Chicago approve the first of what’s expected to be several solar farms in the county. (Daily Southtown)
• A Chicago-area developer is eyeing additional sites in central Illinois for potential solar projects. (Peoria Journal Star)

WIND: Roughly 100 people attend a public hearing on plans for a 250-megawatt wind project in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

PIPELINES: As part of an agreement with the state, Enbridge plans to replace the Line 5 pipeline beneath the St. Clair River in eastern Michigan starting in late 2019. (Port Huron Times Herald)

ILLINOIS: The first of several public meetings launches this week in Peoria, Illinois to inform residents of renewable energy opportunities under the Future Energy Jobs Act. (Peoria Journal Star)

• A hearing next month in Ohio on plans by American Electric Power will address issues ranging from subsidies for coal plants to a proposed electric program. (Midwest Energy News)
• A downgrade by Moody’s Investors Services signals FirstEnergy Solutions is likely to default in the coming months. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Members of a Wisconsin panel say clean energy jobs can be a driving force in attracting people back to the state. (Badger Herald)

• An Ohio energy consultant predicts an offshore wind project in Lake Erie will be an “economic failure,” while the editor of a wind energy trade magazine says it will put Cleveland on the map as a clean-energy leader. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A clean energy group says steadily declining renewable energy costs “keep pushing fossil fuels further from profitability.” (Forbes)
• An Ohio editorial board says the $2.5 billion investment in FirstEnergy marks a new direction for the company as one of its affiliates likely heads toward bankruptcy. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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