Midwest Energy News

North Dakota regulators approve 298 MW wind project

COAL: State and local NAACP chapters in Indiana call on utility NIPSCO to accelerate a coal plant closure in a predominately African American community that bears the brunt of the plant’s pollution burden. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY:
• Missouri utilities consider a program that would let customers pay for energy efficiency projects through their monthly bills. (Energy News Network)
• Large companies in Michigan cut back natural gas usage during the polar vortex to help utilities during a supply shortage. (Detroit News)

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WIND:
• State regulators issue a permit for a 298 MW wind project in southern North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Wind development has helped an Ohio county boost tax revenue and its bond rating relative to a neighboring county. (Checks & Balances Project)

SOLAR:
• South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem vetoes a bill meant to supported solar development by removing some regulations on facilities. (Associated Press)
• An AEP official hopes the newly appointed chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sees the “economic hope” for the utility’s solar plans. (WKSU)
• Local officials in southwestern Michigan support plans for a 20 MW solar project. (Sturgis Journal)

FRACKING: Illinois environmental groups push for legislation requiring more public disclosure of fracking wells. (Southern Illinoisan)

TRANSPORTATION: Before being elected to Congress, freshman U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens of Michigan helped steer the Obama administration through the bailout of large automakers. (E&E News, subscription)

SMART METERS: Iowa regulators reject Alliant Energy’s proposed fee on customers who opt out of installing smart meters. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES:
• Prosecutors file charges against four activists from Wisconsin and Minnesota after a failed attempt to shut down the Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Hundreds of state-level criminal cases stemming from prolonged Dakota Access pipeline protests are nearly completed. (Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: Corporate contracts spur growth in wind and solar development, according to a recent report. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• The director of the American Corn Growers Foundation says wind energy provides reliable income for farmers in an unpredictable industry. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• A Wisconsin columnist highlights Wisconsin’s first utility-scale solar project. (Herald Times Reporter)

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