Midwest Energy News

Ohio city overwhelmingly passes carbon fee to pay for solar projects

SOLAR: Voters in Athens, Ohio, overwhelmingly approve a carbon fee on electric bills that will help fund solar projects. (Athens Messenger)

ALSO: Residents and local officials continue to debate plans for a 35-acre solar project in northern Illinois. (Northwest Herald)

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WIND:
• Tension in northwest Ohio between bird conservation groups and wind energy supporters “has become a microcosm of the larger, political tug-of-war over valuable land and airspace.” (Toledo Blade)
• MidAmerican Energy’s CEO says the company is “hustling” to develop wind projects before the federal Production Tax Credit is phased out. (Windpower Monthly)
• The Center for Rural Affairs provides guidance for local officials dealing with requests for wind energy projects. (Nebraska Radio Network)

PIPELINES: Enbridge and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe say a judge’s recommendation that the Line 3 pipeline can be replaced along its current route raises environmental and sovereignty concerns. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: A company plans to argue in court today that a Minnesota county’s ban on frac sand mining violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. (Minnesota Public Radio)

EFFICIENCY: University of Michigan researchers find LED light bulbs are more expensive in high-poverty areas near Detroit compared to the wealthiest areas. (Grist)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Twin Cities car-sharing service is moving towards an all-electric fleet. (WCCO)

BIOFUELS: Renewable fuels groups are satisfied with President Trump’s planned compromise over federal ethanol mandates that would allow year-round sales. (Radio Iowa)

POLICY: The Trump administration’s consideration of a Cold War-era law to save coal and nuclear plants is drawing widespread criticism. (Washington Examiner)

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COAL: More coal-plant closures will occur in the coming years than originally thought as wind, solar and natural gas make up the difference, analysts say at a conference in Chicago. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY: A coalition of environmental and clean energy groups say concerns about grid reliability and resilience with the closing of coal and nuclear plants are overblown. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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