Midwest Energy News

Ohio solar projects would boost state’s capacity by 250 percent

SOLAR: Three solar projects planned in Ohio would boost the state’s solar capacity by nearly 250 percent. (pv Magazine)

ALSO:
• The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska emerges as a solar energy leader in the Great Plains. (Energy News Network)
• A Wisconsin company says a new form of solar-powered LED lighting “has the potential to revamp the industry.” (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• A pair of 2 MW solar projects are under construction in Evansville, Indiana, as the city looks to transition from coal. (WFIE)
• Ann Arbor, Michigan’s downtown development authority connects 36 solar panels to three electric vehicle carports. (MLive)

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CARBON STORAGE: A federal tax credit passed this year is expected to incentivize companies to capture and store carbon emissions underground. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• The “demand for oil prevailed” in the debate over Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Ohio landowners’ property is damaged from construction of the NEXUS gas pipeline. (Canton Repository)

OIL AND GAS:
• Cleanup continues in northwest Iowa, where a train derailment last month spilled 230,000 gallons of crude oil. (Radio Iowa)
• The cause of a fire at a North Dakota gas plant critical for reducing flaring is under investigation. (Williston Herald)
• Ohio gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray says a new natural gas plant development is a “win-win” for the state. (Toledo Blade)

COAL:
• Crews have finished removing fly ash from a farm pond in southern Indiana where it was dumped as fill nearly a decade ago. (Associated Press)
• A municipal utility in Minnesota retires the last of its coal supply after transitioning to natural gas. (West Central Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• Plans filed by MidAmerican Energy in Iowa would reduce energy efficiency fees from customers by $84 million. (Business Record)
• Indiana is set to update energy efficiency requirements under the state’s building codes. (WBOI)

BIOMASS: Xcel Energy has paid $24.5 million for a Minnesota biomass plant it plans to decommission by the end of the year. (Finance & Commerce)

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EMISSIONS: Environmental groups raise concerns over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record on air emission regulations. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• Propping up uneconomic coal and nuclear plants “is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it,” the Columbus Dispatch editorial board writes.
• Advocates say agreements with Dayton Power & Light in a recent rate case will advance multiple clean energy initiatives. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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