Midwest Energy News

Ohio board lifts ‘poison pill’ restriction on Lake Erie wind project

WIND: The Ohio Power Siting Board reverses an earlier decision that would have likely doomed the first offshore wind project in Lake Erie by limiting when it could operate. (Cleveland.com)

UTILITIES:
Ohio regulators will require FirstEnergy to show whether customers paid for political or charitable spending related to the state’s power plant bailout law but won’t require an independent audit. (Eye on Ohio/Energy News Network)
• A coalition pushing to repeal the state’s power plant bailout law, HB 6, says polling shows little public support for the law. (WOSU)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Ford Motor Co. announces plans to build a $700 million Detroit plant that will produce electric F-150 trucks. (Detroit Free Press)
• Minnesota officials seek to resolve range anxiety for electric vehicle drivers with an expanded “EV highway corridor.” (MinnPost)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Indiana economic development organizations say better access to clean energy will help attract businesses to the state. (Indiana Public Media)
• Federal regulators pass a “game-changer” order that will allow distributed energy resources like rooftop solar to participate in wholesale markets, though a complex rulemaking process will follow. (Greentech Media)
• A Consumers Energy official says it’s a “very exciting time” for the company as it transitions to renewable energy and engages customers on energy efficiency. (Midland Daily News)

SOLAR:
Solar garden construction nears completion at a transitional housing unit for veterans experiencing homelessness in Duluth, Minnesota. (FOX 21)
• Despite a temporary slowdown early on during the pandemic, “solar continues to see strong demand across all sectors,” an analyst says. (Utility Dive)

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COAL: American Consolidated Natural Resources, formerly Murray Energy, has committed to rehiring all of its former union employees after emerging from bankruptcy. (Ohio Valley Resource)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois commercial property owners’ ability to finance clean energy projects gets a boost from a recent statewide PACE financing law, a clean energy financier says. (Daily Herald)
• A northern Minnesota nonprofit says the GOP-led state Senate rightly removed the state’s commerce commissioner over the agency’s opposition to the Line 3 pipeline. (Star Tribune)

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