Midwest Energy News

Minnesota regulators approve 200 MW wind project

SOLAR: Indiana consumer advocates are divided over Vectren’s plan for a $76 million, 50 MW solar project, as some argue the state can’t wait for clean energy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Students at a Chicago-area high school generate excitement for solar energy: “It’s the future.” (Daily Southtown)
• The Illinois Solar Tour this weekend features nearly 150 homes in an effort to encourage solar adoption. (Aurora Beacon-News)

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WIND:
• State regulators unanimously approve a 200 MW wind project in southern Minnesota despite pushback from residents over noise. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A southern Michigan township struggles with adopting local wind zoning rules as a utility signs leases for a potential project. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)

RENEWABLES:
• Recent announcements by utilities in Indiana and Ohio to retire coal and add renewables “highlight the change underfoot in the heartland.” (E&E News, subscription)
• The founders of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association take a do-it-yourself approach to powering their property with renewables. (WNIU)

PIPELINES: The Dakota Access pipeline developer stands by its claims that Greenpeace violated federal racketeering laws related to pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• An Illinois private equity company backs out of a plan to buy the 2,250 MW coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Arizona. (Bloomberg)
• Residents in northwest Indiana highlight coal plants’ impacts on low-income and minority communities. (Chicago Crusader)

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OIL AND GAS: Equipment failure caused about 1,000 gallons of oil and 15,000 gallons of brine to spill at a saltwater disposal well in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Ohio has put up “artificial barriers” for workers to fully access the state’s advanced energy sector, a clean energy advocate says. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The owner of Bells Brewery says a pipeline spill in the Straits of Mackinac would “cement Michigan’s reputation of having the worst water in the U.S.” (Detroit News)
• Analysts say relinquishing coal leases may be the latest sign of trouble for Peabody Energy and the industry. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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