Midwest Energy News

Ohio referendum effort misses deadline, seeks court ruling for more time

OHIO: Supporters of a referendum on nuclear and coal plant bailouts in Ohio fail to submit the necessary petition signatures to place the question on the ballot, instead hoping a judge will grant them more time. (Columbus Dispatch)

POLICY: Michigan lawmakers hope reintroducing “energy freedom” bills one at a time will help them overcome utility opposition. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES: 1,700 MW of renewable energy under construction in grid operator MISO’s territory will come online by the end of the year, while an additional 1,400 MW is pushed back to 2020 and 2021. (S&P Global)

• Indiana farmers increasingly turn to solar power as a new “crop” to generate revenue. (Indiana Public Media)
• The Omaha Public Power District plans to build Nebraska’s largest solar project by 2023, which could range from 400 to 600 MW, along with up to 600 MW of natural gas. (Omaha World-Herald)
• A new solar initiative by Ameren seeks space on rooftops, parking lots and school property for installations. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A University of Michigan student advocacy group pushes local officials to install solar panels on a fire station. (MLive)

STORAGE: A Spanish renewable developer acquires 3 gigawatts of solar and 1 gigawatt of storage projects under development by a Nebraska company. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Chicago suburb selects a new energy consulting firm to help the city save money through new rates and clean energy programs. (Aurora Beacon-News)

BIOMASS: A Minnesota manufacturer of high-efficiency and clean-burning wood stoves is “growing really fast,” company officials say. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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UTILITIES: Xcel Energy will hold public meetings in Minnesota the next two weeks on its long-term plan to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. (St. Cloud Times)

• FirstEnergy provided draft testimony to local and school officials in support of a bill providing subsidies for coal and nuclear plants, a utility watchdog group finds. (Energy & Policy Institute)
• An editorial board says southern Illinois should start embracing the clean energy transition despite the region’s coal-mining history. (Danville Commercial-News)
• A former Michigan regulator and advisor to a utility-backed advocacy group says “special interest groups” opposed to DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan are politicizing the integrated resource plan process. (Utility Dive)
• An Ohio editorial board says increasing ethanol blending mandates won’t “help farmers but will mean higher costs and possibly job losses for oil refiners.” (Toledo Blade)

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