Midwest Energy News

Ohio Democrats seek to boost renewables as nuclear bill advances

CLIMATE: Board members at Nebraska’s largest utility say significant March flooding has not driven them to hasten the transition to renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

OHIO:
• A revised bill to subsidize two Ohio nuclear plants has the same limitations on renewable energy as an earlier version, while House Democrats separately propose a 50 percent renewable standard by 2050. (Energy News Network)
• The bill, which cleared a House subcommittee along party lines, would phase in the subsidies over a slightly longer period of time. (Toledo Blade)

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SOLAR:
• Michigan regulators approve a new distributed generation program for rooftop solar customers that finds middle ground between advocates and DTE Energy. (Energy News Network)
• DTE’s approved spending will also focus on grid reliability and an electric vehicle pilot program. (Detroit News)
• Concerned residents in southwestern Michigan submit signatures for a potential referendum on local solar regulations. (Sturgis Journal)

STORAGE:
• ComEd’s CEO says energy storage will be “absolutely a necessary component” as the state transitions to more renewable energy. (Energy News Network)
• A coalition of clean energy groups pushes Congress to qualify energy storage for investment tax credits. (Daily Energy Insider)

PIPELINES: The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council says South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is not welcome on their reservation after she signed bills targeting pipeline protesters. (Forum News Service)

POWER PLANTS: Advocates debate a pair of bills in Illinois that would incentivize carbon-free generation. (Southern Illinoisan)

NATURAL GAS: Environmental groups appeal Minnesota regulators’ approval of a $700 million natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin. (LaCrosse Tribune)

WIND: Researchers deploy buoys in Lake Erie to gather data on conditions where an offshore wind project is planned. (FOX8)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vetoes a “misleading” bill that would have prevented the state from budgeting revenue from the state’s oil tax savings account until it’s collected. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan’s years-long transition from net metering officially begins with a new distributed generation program for DTE Energy, writes PV Magazine.
• An Enbridge official claims the renewable energy required to power the Line 3 replacement project will “reduce the overall carbon footprint of the pipeline.” (Duluth News Tribune)

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