Midwest Energy News

Ohio coal company bankrolls opposition to Lake Erie offshore wind

WIND: Coal mining company Murray Energy has been bankrolling consultants and attorneys to fight an offshore wind project in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• A South Dakota county considers adopting temporary zoning rules as developers plan a wind project expansion. (Associated Press)
• MidAmerican Energy’s plan for a 52-turbine wind project in Iowa stirs opposition among some residents. (Des Moines Register)

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GRID: Critics are concerned a sprawling study on Illinois smart grid potential is now moving too quickly after delays from a lawsuit that accused officials of open meeting law violations. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan’s two major utilities have proposed spending a total of $20.5 million on EV pilot programs, using rates to incentivize charging during off-peak times. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: A $31 million project marks the first solar-plus-storage commercial battery project in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• The mayor of an Illinois town long associated with coal mining hopes solar can help the community deal with high energy costs. (Belleville News-Democrat)
• A planned solar project is expected to save an Illinois school district $4.2 million over 20 years. (Northwest Herald)
• A cave and tourist attraction in Ohio uses solar power to generate electricity on site. (Urbana Daily Citizen)
• Some residents are concerned about the agricultural impacts of a planned 18-acre solar project in central Illinois, while a developer has plans on 20 acres farther north. (Peoria Journal Star, Northwest Herald)
• A $60 million redevelopment of a former factory in Indiana will include a solar installation. (Muncie Star Press)

• Westar Energy will close a coal plant and steam generating units at two other plants in the next four months following a merger with Great Plains Energy. (Associated Press)
• Environmental groups say a Missouri utility is using political lobbying to potentially sidestep new state regulations on coal ash. (Springfield News-Leader)

• A nonprofit linked to Michigan’s largest energy provider is the most active TV advertiser leading up to this week’s primary election, according to a campaign finance group. (Michigan Campaign Finance Network)
• An Illinois solar installer says educating residents is a key component that can spur adoption. (Southern Illinoisan)
• An Ohio editorial board says FirstEnergy “does the right thing” by investing in grid reliability upgrades. (Toledo Blade)

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