UTILITIES: American Electric Power takes a $2.3 billion write-down of its Ohio coal plants, citing the state’s “deregulation debacle.” (Columbus Business First)

WIND:
• Amazon announces plans for a second wind farm in Ohio. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A public hearing this week will discuss a proposed offshore wind farm in Lake Erie. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

***SPONSORED LINK: MnSEIA Midwest Gateway to Solar, November 15-16 in Minneapolis, brings together leading solar industry practitioners to explore future market possibilities and challenges. Register today! ***

SOLAR: A dispute between developers and Minnesota’s largest utility over a technical standard could delay several of community solar projects in the state. (Midwest Energy News)

DAKOTA ACCESS:
• President Obama says the Army Corps is looking for ways to reroute the Dakota Access pipeline. (Washington Post)
• Documents show Dakota Access failed to promptly notify state regulators after discovering tribal artifacts during construction. (Associated Press)
• The head of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says protests against the pipeline will continue through the winter. (Reuters)
• North Dakota officials borrow an additional $4 million to cover law enforcement costs, and say it is “very disturbing” the federal government isn’t doing more to help. (Associated Press)
• An 81-year-old farmer hosts a protest camp on her land in Iowa in the path of the pipeline. (WHO-TV)

COAL:
• Amid bankruptcy, Peabody Energy still paid $1.2 million to federal lobbyists this year. (McClatchy)
• An Indiana utility files plans to cut its coal units down to 50 percent of its generation, down from 90 percent just six years ago. (Northwest Indiana Times)

GRID:
• The USDA announces $3.6 billion in loans to fund rural infrastructure projects. (Transmission & Distribution World)
Construction is completed on a new transmission line in northeast Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

OIL AND GAS: A judge will hear arguments this week over Ohio’s authority to regulate wastewater injection wells. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A fact-check of arguments against the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.