Midwest Energy News

Ohio Supreme Court rejects argument that power plant bailouts are a tax

OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court throws out FirstEnergy Solutions’ lawsuit arguing that recent legislation allowing subsidies for nuclear and coal plants can’t be subject to referendum. (Toledo Blade)

EFFICIENCY:
Customer education could be a barrier for utilities as they roll out time-of-use rates, according to a recent survey. (Energy News Network)
• An Indianapolis office building is the first in the state to achieve the highest LEED certification rating. (Indianapolis Star)

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WIND: Xcel Energy officials say declining wind energy prices are undercutting more expensive fossil fuel power. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Supreme Court upholds the dismissal of an oil company’s lawsuit against the state’s air emissions rules. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: American Electric Power will not renew its membership with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Presidential candidates begin to weigh in on disputes surrounding Enbridge pipelines in crucial Upper Midwest swing states. (Michigan Advance)
Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke says concerns around Enbridge’s Line 3 and Line 5 pipelines are “pretty interrelated.” (Michigan Advance)

SOLAR:
• The city of Madison, Wisconsin, and a school district will offtake power from a 7 MW solar project expected to come online late next year. (Madison Capital Journal)
A North Dakota school district partners with a utility on a solar project that will help offset costs and educate students. (NewsDakota.com)
• A local utility board in Indiana approves a 30-year power purchase agreement for a planned solar project. (Logansport Pharos Tribune)
• A solar installation company is unresponsive after customers in Wisconsin face difficulties with rooftop panels. (FOX6)

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CLIMATE: The University of Illinois is among more than 200 higher education institutions worldwide to declare a climate emergency ahead of this week’s U.N. climate meetings in Spain. (Champaign News-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• A consultant and former chairman of a Clinton administration climate change task force says waste-to-energy facilities will not help meet climate goals. (Energy News Network)
• A progressive think tank says “no amount of crony capitalism” can save the coal industry, while the head of a national mining group says coal is needed for a balanced energy portfolio. (Canton Repository)
• Researchers say the growing amount of waste from used solar panels will be an ongoing concern as the industry expands. (Scientific American)
• An Ohio editorial board says the state Supreme Court should decide whether a 90-day timeframe for collecting signatures on a power plant bailout bill is upheld. (Columbus Dispatch)

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