Midwest Energy News

Ohio coal plant closing ahead of schedule due to market challenges

INDIANA: Advocacy groups call for the complete overhaul of a draft report intended to chart Indiana’s energy future, saying it uncritically endorses utilities’ pursuit of natural gas. (Energy News Network)

• A central Ohio coal plant is closing two years ahead of schedule in 2020 as it fails to compete on the wholesale market. (Coshocton Tribune)
• Wind and solar energy is straining the equipment at a 1,365 MW coal plant in Nebraska by causing it to ramp up and down more frequently. (Bloomberg)

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• Kansas City Power & Light’s plan to return federal tax savings to customers also includes measures to encourage renewable energy purchases, community solar and reduce energy usage. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan regulators rule on a utility’s avoided costs for contracts under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which could chart the course for third-party solar development in the state. (E&E News, subscription)

• President Trump will allow for year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, setting him “firmly on the side of corn growers.” (Radio Iowa)
• An Iowa researcher is skeptical about any immediate impact from Trump’s decision and whether fuel retailers will invest in ethanol pumping infrastructure. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

PIPELINES: Enbridge urges Minnesota regulators to stand by their decision to approve the company’s plan to replacing the aging Line 3 pipeline. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Organic Valley, the largest cooperative of organic farmers in the U.S., expands its plan to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy to sharing solar power with 13 Midwest communities. (La Crosse Tribune)

• Local officials will soon decide on a proposal for the first commercial wind project in a central Illinois county. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Wind farms across the Midwest are helping General Motors meet its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050, including a 105 MW project that came online this week in Ohio. (Detroit Free Press, press release)

• Solving climate change challenges will require systemic changes in the industrial, energy and transportation sectors, a Minnesota researcher says. (WCCO)
• Oglala Lakota Sioux advocate Henry Red Cloud teaches tribes about sustainable energy to combat climate change. (Grist)
• Minnesota is doing better than other states in reducing emissions from the energy sector, but it’s not on pace to do so at the magnitude laid out in a new United Nations climate change report. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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POLICY: An Illinois congressman introduces a bipartisan bill to advance technology around combined heat and power systems. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota lawmaker says energy efficiency is a “vital component of an effective clean-energy jobs strategy.” (Duluth News Tribune)

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