Midwest Energy News

Ohio nuclear bailout challengers face setback

GRID: The looming threat of climate change adds urgency to the debate over improving grid resilience in Detroit, where stakeholders have varying opinions on how to reduce the risk of outages. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: Ohio’s attorney general rejects proposed petition language to challenge a state law that subsidizes two nuclear plants, forcing organizers to gather more signatures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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RENEWABLES: After an Indiana county bans large-scale wind projects, local planners consider regulations for commercial solar projects. (Lafayette Journal & Courier)

POLITICS:
• Missouri Green Party activists tout the potential benefits of a Green New Deal in a state where the plan has faced strong opposition. (Springfield News-Leader)
• A Minnesota lawmaker discusses the challenges of passing progressive environmental legislation in a divided government. (Southwest Journal)

WIND:
• An Iowa county health board recommends future wind turbines be built at least 1.5 miles from non-participating homes due to perceived health concerns even though no studies have linked turbines to health problems. (WHO-TV)
• A new poll shows just 1% of registered Iowa voters agree with President Trump’s false claim that wind turbines cause cancer. (Time)
• Residents in northwestern Missouri dispute the benefits and drawbacks of a planned wind project during a public hearing. (St. Joseph News-Press)
• Construction begins on a 24-turbine expansion at a wind project in central Illinois. (Springfield State Journal-Register) 

SOLAR:
• Officials in a northwestern Michigan city explore the feasibility of a solar project at a former landfill. (Petoskey News-Review)
• Ameren Missouri opens a community solar project near St. Louis. (KMOV)

OIL & GAS:
• A Minnesota oil and gas developer converts to an e-gaming company after faltering on projects in the Bakken shale formation. (Houston Chronicle)
• North Dakota officials are monitoring the cleanup of a 14,070-gallon brine spill following a failed piping connection. (Associated Press)

FRAC SAND: A company halts production at a Wisconsin frac sand mine, citing “decreased profitability.” (La Crosse Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The federal government should invest $2 billion in electric vehicle charging stations to fill an expected gap as EVs become more widespread, according to a new report. (E&E News, subscription)

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