Midwest Energy News

North Dakota oil production will peak within five years, officials say

ACTIVISM: Activists say a bill advancing in the Ohio legislature could criminalize activities such as offering rides, water or medical aid to anti-pipeline protests. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS: State and industry officials say North Dakota’s oil production will peak within the next five years as companies finish drilling the state’s most prolific portions of the oil patch. (Associated Press)

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COAL:
The U.S. Justice Department claims Ameren is failing to comply with an order to curb air pollution from a St. Louis-area coal plant. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A western Michigan coal plant runs out of fuel supplies before its formal retirement. (FOX17)
• Utilities are missing opportunities to reuse coal ash, according to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ameren’s dynamic rate program could reduce annual charging costs for EV-driving customers by nearly 90%, according to a consumer advocacy group. (Utility Dive)

POLICY: The CEO of FirstEnergy says the company is ready to help Ohio lawmakers craft new energy policy to deal with a recent federal order directing PJM to offset state subsidies for certain generation. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: South Dakota lawmakers reject a proposal related to the Keystone XL pipeline that would have required state regulators to reconsider a permit if a utility project hadn’t been built in 10 years. (KELO)

SOLAR:
A Michigan judge dismisses a developer’s lawsuit claiming a township’s interim zoning ordinance attempts to block an 850-acre solar project. (Lansing State Journal)
• Residents and local officials debate plans for a 74 MW solar project in northwestern Wisconsin. (RiverTowns)

STORAGE: Michigan’s attorney general joins an amicus brief supporting federal regulators’ effort to increase the wholesale market participation of energy storage. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS:
A federal investigation into ComEd’s lobbying activities and a recent federal regulatory order complicates efforts to pass sweeping clean energy legislation in Illinois. (E&E News, subscription)
• While consumer advocates support the proposed Clean Energy Jobs Act, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says it subsidizes nuclear plants and will distort the power market. (Alton Daily News)

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WIND: A developer’s lawsuit challenging the denial of a conditional use permit for a central Kansas wind project may soon resume. (Hutchinson News)

CLEAN ENERGY: Proposed legislation in Iowa would encourage renewable and energy efficiency projects at elementary and secondary schools. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

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