Midwest Energy News

Ohio gas well became methane ‘super-emitter’ after blowout

OIL & GAS: The 2018 blowout of a natural gas well in eastern Ohio leaked more methane in 20 days than all but three European nations emit over a year, satellite monitoring finds. (Washington Post)

EMISSIONS: A cold winter and hot summer caused Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions to ramp up last year after the state made gains through clean energy and fuel efficiency. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: North Dakota officials will work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on a spill response plan for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

WIND: Developers seeks to build an 85-turbine wind project in central Iowa. (Radio Iowa)

CLIMATE:
• U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan introduces legislation to create a National Climate Bank that could mobilize up to $1 trillion in investment over a decade. (Utility Dive)
• The Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, says local urban planning can play a key role in addressing climate change. (Indianapolis Star)

SOLAR: Faith-based groups emerge as a key player in helping advance community solar projects. (NPR)

CLEAN ENERGY: Wisconsin and Minnesota are among 8 states with new governors who have pledged to achieve 100% clean energy since taking office in January. (Daily Energy Insider)

COAL:
• St. Louis-based coal producer Foresight Energy asks bondholders for more time to negotiate after missing an interest payment and starting restructuring talks. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• Cutting a federal tax on produced coal that supports miners’ health care amounts to a subsidy for the industry, a budget watchdog group says. (Ohio Valley Resource)

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UTILITIES: An appeals court rules that federal energy regulators should get a say in FirstEnergy Solutions’ power purchase agreements as the company emerges from bankruptcy. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan “shows undue bias” toward company-owned generation over competitively bidding projects. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• As Chicago negotiates a new franchise agreement with ComEd, holding city hearings on the federal investigation into the company “could turn into a meaningless and even counterproductive circus,” says the head of the Better Government Association. (Chicago Tribune)
• Minneapolis is taking a number of steps to reduce carbon emissions and transition to clean energy, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A large Michigan company that produces components for solar panels says a new state law clarifying tax exemptions for small-scale projects will bolster the industry. (Bridge Magazine)

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