Midwest Energy News

Ohio regulators reject utility solar plan in latest setback for renewables

SOLAR: Ohio regulators reject AEP’s proposal to pass costs for 400 MW of solar to customers, though the projects could still move forward with interested off-takers. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
Cincinnati enters into a 20-year agreement to purchase power from a large-scale solar project that city officials say is the largest municipal solar project in the country. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
• Construction begins on a 3 MW solar project in Toledo, Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• A central Wisconsin county moves forward with multiple solar installations as city officials seek to make it easier to install projects. (WAOW)

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WIND:
Ohio legislation allowing for a local referendum on wind projects after approval by a state siting board would continue roadblocks for wind development in the state, critics say. (Energy News Network)
Township officials in southern Michigan delay a vote on new wind energy siting restrictions. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)
• Allete Clean Energy partners with researchers in North Dakota and Minnesota on how to potentially recycle more wind turbine components. (KFYR)

PIPELINES:
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signs a bill making it a felony to trespass or damage oil and gas pipelines, which critics say violates free speech rights and disproportionately impacts Native Americans. (Associated Press)
Enbridge completes geotechnical work in the Straits of Mackinac to determine the design of a potential tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, even though the project faces multiple ongoing lawsuits. (Detroit News)

COAL: Indiana utility NIPSCO expects to save up to $4 billion over the next decade by retiring its coal plants and transitioning to a 65% renewable energy portfolio. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

NATURAL GAS: The Ohio Power Siting Board approves plans for a 14-mile natural gas distribution pipeline near Cincinnati. (WLWT)

OVERSIGHT: A survey of dozens of state utility commissions shows regulators increasingly grappling with changes to energy production, though centralized power plants are still expected to dominate over the next decade. (Power Magazine)

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EMISSIONS: Air pollution from Midwestern coal plants harms the health of residents in eastern states, and exposure varies by race and income, researchers find. (Grist)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan environmental group says state regulators should reject DTE’s long-term energy plan that is “riddled with flaws.” (Detroit News)

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