Midwest Energy News

Ohio slips in efficiency ranking as lawmakers gut state standards

EFFICIENCY: An energy efficiency advocacy group further downgrades Ohio in its state rankings, thanks to a new law rolling back the state’s clean energy standards. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An Iowa preschool wins an award for being among the most energy efficient buildings in the state. (Ottumwa Courier)
• On National Energy Efficiency Day, Michigan officials offer residents tips for reducing energy use and saving money. (WLNS-TV)

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BIOFUELS: A tentative agreement by the Trump administration would increase biofuel quotas to compensate for waivers that have exempted some oil refineries from complying with the requirements, according to sources. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The revival of a former auto plant by electric vehicle maker Rivian is breeding optimism among residents of Normal, Illinois. (E&E News, subscription)
• Autoworkers worry electric vehicles, which have far fewer pieces and require less work to build, will lead to more job losses in the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• A federal grand jury indicts two women for damaging valves and setting fire to construction equipment along an oil pipeline in Iowa. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota regulators ask a state agency to fix problems in the environmental review for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: A former gas plant operator warns about an eroding safety culture and construction problems in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields. (DeSmog Blog)

BIOGAS: CenterPoint Energy says renewable natural gas remains a priority despite Minnesota regulators’ rejection of a pilot program. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• The developer of Nebraska’s largest solar project will search for a customer now that it has received approval for its site in eastern Lincoln. (KOLN-TV)
• A South Dakota utility is in a dispute with a solar developer over the sale and cost of several solar projects in the Black Hills. (KELO-TV)
• Nebraska Public Power says a proposed site for a city’s community solar project is not economical and recommends against proceeding. (Chadron Record)
• An Indiana city celebrates the opening of a 5.25 MW solar park after a 5-year effort to bring one to the city. (Kokomo Tribune)

COAL: Monday’s ruling that Ameren must add pollution controls to a Missouri power plant could cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. (St. Louis Business Journal)

UTILITIES: With its coal plants scheduled to close, Northern Indiana Public Service Company requests proposals for wind, solar, thermal and other alternatives. (Michigan City News-Dispatch)

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OVERSIGHT: An Ohio regulator is hired to oversee the U.S. Interior Department’s mining bureau. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: Iowa City leaders vote to reassemble a commission to help implement its climate action and adaptation plan. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

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