Midwest Energy News

North Dakota oil industry fails to meet flaring target

SOLAR: Federal researchers will plant pollinator-friendly habitat and other crops at three Minnesota solar farms. (Midwest Energy News)

• A Wisconsin county moves forward with a plan to install solar arrays at two government buildings. (Capital Times)
• Solar panels being installed on the Minnesota Senate building will generate up to 12 percent of the building’s electricity needs. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A solar developer submits plans to county zoning authorities for a 2 MW solar facility in rural Peoria. (Peoria Journal Star)
• A regional solar initiative in Indiana may have reached a tipping point after a five-fold increase in residential installations. (Elkhart Truth)

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• North Dakota oil drillers failed to meet a flaring goal in October, according to revised state numbers. (Bismark Tribune)
• A woman accused of shooting at law enforcement during the Dakota Access pipeline protests is arrested for violating pretrial release terms. (Associated Press)
• Ohio regulators want the federal government to order a stop to drilling operations for the Rover natural gas pipeline under the Tuscarawas River. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio launches an investigation to make sure benefits from the federal tax bill flow back to customers. (The Columbus Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At the Detroit Auto Show, it was apparent that electrification is becoming a reality. (Consumer Reports)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio church approaches its fundraising goal for a series of energy efficiency projects. (Marietta Times)

• An Xcel Energy proposal that drew several low-cost bids for wind, solar and storage raises hopes for a similar push in Minnesota and elsewhere. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Wisconsin renewable energy advocates say they’re optimistic about the state’s potential for solar energy. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin schedules a hearing for Georgia company’s proposal to fill wetlands for a frac sand processing site near La Crosse. (La Crosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Give Ohio a real chance to win Amazon’s second headquarters bid by preserving the state’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, writes the Environmental Defense Fund’s senior regulatory attorney.

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