Midwest Energy News

Minnesota community solar shows ‘no signs of slowing down’

POLITICS:
• A Michigan lawmaker and utility critic says advocacy groups linked to major utilities helped derail his bid for state Senate. (Energy News Network)
• A Democratic nominee for Congress in Michigan sought early protections from petcoke pollution for Detroit residents. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota’s community solar program passes 400 MW of installed capacity “with no signs of slowing down.” (pv Magazine)
• A nonprofit in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula installs solar panels for low-income housing in an effort to save residents at least $500 annually. (ABC10)

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WIND:
• A pair of wind projects in northern Ohio totaling 400 MW divides local officials over whether they should be approved. (Toledo Blade)
• A local planning commissioner in Michigan faces pressure to recuse himself from wind energy-related votes due to his ties with environmental groups. (MLive)

COAL:
• Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler visits Ohio to tout a plan that could give the state more flexibility with coal plants. (WCMH)
• Michigan’s largest municipal utility plans to retire its two coal-fired power plants by 2025 despite a Trump administration proposal. (Lansing City Pulse)

NUCLEAR: A bankruptcy judge questions FirstEnergy Solution’s plan to give generous bonuses to certain workers while its nuclear plants continue operation for two more years. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

STORAGE: Grid operator MISO works to integrate energy storage into its wholesale markets while also modernizing market mechanisms. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: An activist injured during Dakota Access pipeline protests is denied evidence that may have bolstered her civil rights case against law enforcement. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is recognized as a leader in sustainability planning, which includes energy and climate components. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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REDEVELOPMENT: Developers propose a $75 million plan to repurpose the site of a former coal gasification plant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board says President Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement may help the coal industry in the near term at the cost of public health and climate change. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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