Midwest Energy News

Midwest states struggle for restitution following Volkswagen scandal

EMISSIONS: Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota are among states having trouble getting restitution from Volkswagen under state environmental laws after the company’s emissions scandal. (Chicago Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some environmental groups are skeptical of Ameren Missouri’s request for incentives for EV charging stations due to the utility’s relatively large coal portfolio. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• A northern Michigan electric cooperative is the state’s latest utility to set new solar compensation rates, which some members say will discourage installations. (Energy News Network)
• A developer seeks interest in a central Ohio county for two solar projects that would total nearly 250 MW of capacity. (Chillicothe Gazette)
• Geronimo Energy eyes 400 acres for a solar project in eastern Michigan. (MLive)
• Farmers across the Great Plains are increasingly turning to solar to offset energy costs. (Farm Forum)
• Ames, Iowa, looks for more subscribers for a planned community solar project. (WeAreIowa.com)

PIPELINES: Nebraska landowners deed 1.6-acres to the Ponca Indian Tribe in hopes of preventing the Keystone XL pipeline from passing through the property. (Omaha World-Herald)

WIND:
• Local officials and a citizens group ask the Ohio Power Siting Board for a new hearing as they attempt to block a planned wind project in western Ohio. (Springfield News-Sun)
• The future of the Freeborn Wind Project in Minnesota and Iowa is in limbo after a judge ruled against it over noise issues. (KIMT)

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COAL: A public radio station describes the difficulty it had in analyzing coal ash data for sites in the Ohio Valley. (WKYU)

COMMENTARY:
• A retired professor in Ohio says there was no “war on coal” and there should be no “welfare for coal” from the Trump administration. (Marietta Times)
• A fifth-generation farmer in mid-Michigan says “solar energy and farmland preservation go hand in hand.” (Lansing State Journal)
• Michigan free-market advocates say a state lawmaker is close to infringing on “donor privacy rights” as he seeks to uncover backers of political advocacy groups linked to utilities. (Mackinac Center for Public Policy)

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