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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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