Midwest Energy News

Ohio lawmakers walk out of nuclear subsidy hearing

SOLAR: Utilities in Nebraska and Missouri see strong interest from customers for their solar subscription programs. (Energy News Network)

• Ohio Democrats walk out of a hearing on legislation to subsidize two nuclear plants after a lawmaker was not allowed to ask questions of bill supporters. (Toledo Blade)
• Electric vehicles, nuclear subsidies and statewide clean energy goals are among energy policy issues to watch in the Midwest. (E&E News, subscription)

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• Wind energy is a booming job sector in North Dakota. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• South Dakota regulators issue a $30,000 fine to a wind energy company for violating permit conditions. (Mitchell Daily Republic)
• Officials seek more input from soil and water conservation districts on proposed wind projects in Minnesota. (Pipestone County Star)

PIPELINES: Video footage is released of damage to the Line 5 pipeline following an anchor strike in April 2018. (Detroit Free Press)

ADVOCACY: The Indiana NAACP seeks an environmental justice advocate on the state’s energy policy task force. (Indiana Public Media)

• South Dakota sues a Texas natural gas drilling company after the company neglected for years to cap unused wells. (Forum News Service)
• A North Dakota judge rules that state regulators correctly declined to consider permits for a planned refinery near a national park. (Associated Press)
• Researchers say methane emissions from oil and gas drilling have been vastly overestimated. (E&E News, subscription)
• North Dakota oil production remained at a near-record level in March. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Minnesota Power plans to modernize a 465-mile transmission line between North Dakota and Minnesota and increase its capacity to carry more wind power to the region. (Dickinson Press)

GRID: Indiana Michigan Power seeks a nearly 12% rate increase to pay for grid modernization. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

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PUMPED HYDRO: A western Michigan pumped hydroelectric facility is effectively one of the world’s largest batteries. (9&10 News)

• A clean energy advocate says Minnesota’s community solar program “exists to democratize access to solar energy.” (MinnPost)
• An environmental activist says Michigan has little to gain from leasing a tunnel to Enbridge for the Line 5 pipeline, though a researcher argues the state could see economic benefits. (Traverse City Record-Eagle, Detroit News)

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