Midwest Energy News

Ohio siting board approves plans for state’s two largest solar projects

SOLAR: A Michigan utility’s claim that it doesn’t need any new capacity over the next decade is stalling hundreds of megawatts of new solar projects, according to developers seeking PURPA contracts with Consumers Energy. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• The Ohio Power Siting Board approves two major solar projects totaling 275 megawatts, which would be the two largest in the state. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Omaha, Nebraska’s municipal utility is offering customers a chance to offset their energy use through community solar shares. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Developers are seeking permission to build the first large-scale solar project in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)

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PIPELINES: The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears arguments in a case involving four activists who say they were acting out of necessity when they tried to shut off a pipeline in protest. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL AND GAS:
• Groups are pushing back against a Michigan municipal utility’s plan to build a $500 million natural gas plant to replace retiring coal generation. (Lansing City Pulse)
• A Kansas House committee rejects a bill aimed at preventing earthquakes caused by certain oil and gas drilling activity. (Lawrence Journal-World)

GRID: Utilities and advocates in Iowa debate the impact that wind and solar projects are having on the grid. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

RENEWABLES: An eastern Illinois town extends a moratorium on large-scale wind and solar projects indefinitely as regulations are developed. (Ford County Record)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Policymakers in states across the Midwest have “tied themselves in knots” figuring out the role of regulated utilities in building out electric vehicle infrastructure. (E&E News)

CLIMATE: A northern Minnesota community asks its power provider to develop plans for mitigating the impacts of climate change. (WTIP)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates say a western Wisconsin city is “ripe” to lead on clean energy projects amid a lack of direction from the state. (La Crosse Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
• Xcel Energy awards a 10-year contract to a Pennsylvania company to provide outage services at Minnesota nuclear plants. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• A rally is scheduled this weekend as part of a campaign to save a nuclear plant in northeast Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan residents are calling on their mayors to press for clean energy instead of plans for a nearly $1 billion natural gas plant, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Author and activist Winona LaDuke says Minnesota shows the potential for clean energy job creation amid the transition from coal. (Duluth News Tribune)

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