Midwest Energy News

Ohio bill would require more waivers to develop wind projects

SOLAR: A group-buying program helped Indiana residents and companies quickly install solar projects before the state’s net metering program began to phase out on January 1. (Midwest Energy News)

• Ohio-based Nationwide is investing in a fund looking to develop 330 megawatts and $500 million in solar projects across the U.S. in the next year. (Columbus Business First)
• A southern Illinois church becomes the first in the region to install solar panels. (WPSD)
• A planned community solar project will be the first in a western Illinois county. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

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• Industry groups oppose legislation in Ohio that would require developers to acquire many more waivers from property owners before building wind projects. (North American Wind Power)
• A Nebraska state senator looks to restrict public utilities’ use of eminent domain, but he maintains the effort is not about blocking wind development. (Omaha World-Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa electric- and hybrid-vehicle drivers “aren’t paying their share” to maintain transportation infrastructure, says the sponsor of a bill that would hit them with surcharges. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

GRID: Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — arguing his first case since returning to law practice — tells an appellate court that state regulators erred in blocking the $2.3 billion Grain Belt Express transmission project. (E&E News, subscription)

• More than a year after President Trump demanded U.S. oil and gas pipelines be built with U.S-made steel, “there is little evidence that is close to becoming a reality.” (Dallas Morning News)
• The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says it is being excluded from consultations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the agency determines the Dakota Access pipeline’s impact on tribes. (Associated Press)
• The North Dakota sheriff who led the response to Dakota Access pipeline protests says he is seeking a second term in office. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: A township in south-central Michigan adopts a two-year moratorium on utility-scale wind and solar projects. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)

COAL: Coal ash storage sites across the U.S. may be leaking toxic substances into groundwater, according to a new analysis by an environmental law group. (InsideClimate News)

• A study commissioned by Alliant Energy says an Iowa city’s plan to transition to a municipally owned utility would be expensive, less reliable and provide less renewable energy than staying with Alliant. (Decorah Newspapers)
• Local officials in southeastern Michigan say DTE Energy has been difficult to negotiate with as the utility seeks a new valuation of a major power plant, which could lower local tax revenue. (Monroe News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: University of Iowa researchers are helping to bring clean energy options to underdeveloped regions of India. (Daily Iowan)

COMMENTARY: An analyst says FirstEnergy’s withdrawal of a plan to shift ownership of an unprofitable coal plant in West Virginia shows regulators are “increasingly less willing to tolerate” the company’s bailout plans. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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