UTILITIES: Income-guarantee deals for two Ohio utilities are put on hold pending approval by federal regulators, who said ratepayers would be “captive” customers at a disadvantage to shareholders. (Columbus Dispatch, RTO Insider)

• An Iowa rural electric co-op plans to invest in enough renewable energy credits to fully offset its use of carbon-based fuels. (Midwest Energy News)
Renewable energy generation holds potential on vast, isolated tribal lands across the country. (Greenwire)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join Greentech Media at Solar Summit for over two days of unrivaled networking opportunities and innovative, engaging panel sessions that will provide a unique mix of market intelligence and coordination among industry players. To get 10% off your registration, use our code: MWENERGY10***

• Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins like lead into nearby waterways and soil, sometimes at excessive levels. (Associated Press)
• “Major economic and technological hurdles” remain before enhanced oil recovery using carbon dioxide will take off in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• Workplace fatality rates for oil and gas workers are nearly five times the national average. (Grist)
• A blaze of fire erupts after lightning strikes a natural gas line in Iowa. (WHO-TV)

BIOMASS: Residents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say a biomass plant is spewing dust particles on the community and “acts more like a commercial and industrial solid waste incinerator instead of a biomass facility.” (Marquette Mining Journal)

• A Houston-based pipeline company has withdrawn plans to move oil through 98-year-old pipelines at the bottom of a river in eastern Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)
North Dakota regulators will hold a public meeting on a planned $55 million oil pipeline through the state. (Associated Press)
Tribal groups are protesting the Dakota Access pipeline by running a 500-mile spiritual relay from North Dakota to Nebraska. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Clean-energy advocates are concerned about Madison, Wisconsin’s utility tightly controlling its public input sessions on improving the company. (Isthmus)
• WE Energies says it will not increase gas or electric rates in 2017, though customers still say rates are too high. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

SMART METERS: Ohio regulators say AEP must prove that smart meters provide financial benefits before charging customers $24 a month for opting out of using them. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Supreme Court’s stay of the rules in February has not deterred states from moving forward with carbon-reduction strategies. (ClimateWire)

DIVESTMENT: A St. Louis-based health system says it is divesting its interests in coal production. (St. Louis Business Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Putting the right incentives in place can turn energy efficiency into a “profit center” for utilities, a new report argues. (Utility Dive)

• Utilities could help automakers sell electric vehicles by offering incentives to car sellers. (Utility Dive)
State investment may be necessary to keep North Dakota’s coal industry afloat. (Bismarck Tribune)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.