Midwest Energy News

Ohio utility plans to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050

UTILITIES: Ohio-based American Electric Power announces plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 through increased use of renewables, natural gas and energy efficiency. (Columbus Dispatch)

• Minnesota’s solar energy employment grew 48 percent last year — the second-highest rate in the country — while Ohio saw more modest growth at 12 percent. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Akron Beacon Journal)
• Voters in Athens, Ohio, will decide in May whether to adopt an opt-out carbon tax program that would fund community solar projects. (Athens News)
• Clean energy groups are organizing a group-buying program in southeastern Wisconsin to lower solar installation costs for participants. (Daily Jefferson County Union)

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• A northeastern Ohio city is considering a $7.5 million offer to settle lawsuits with the company developing the Nexus gas pipeline. (Associated Press)
• A top Democratic contender for governor in Michigan says the state needs a “real legal plan” in order to shut down the Line 5 pipeline. (Bridge Magazine)

EMISSIONS: Environmental groups look to block Dynegy’s attempt to roll back Illinois’ air pollution standards, which would benefit the company’s coal fleet. (RTO Insider)

WIND: A Nebraska lawmaker looks to restrict wind energy development and remove it from the state’s list of “renewable” energy sources. (ThinkProgress)

POLICY: Former FERC chairman Neil Chaterjee met late last year with Ohio-based FirstEnergy, which stood to benefit from a proposal before the commission that would have bolstered its coal and nuclear plants. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: Cincinnati is updating a set of recommendations to address climate change and transition the city to run on 100 percent renewable energy. (WCPO)

• Local officials and landowners in rural Iowa strongly support wind and solar development, according to a new survey by the Center for Rural Affairs. (North American Wind Power)
• An Indiana company that builds wind and solar projects across the country has flown “under-the-radar” ahead of its public offering and $345 million merger. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

GRID: Utility crews from Ohio are among those sent to Puerto Rico to help restore the grid there after Hurricane Maria hit in September. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: A Wisconsin city on Lake Superior has opportunities for solar-plus-storage as an alternative to major transmission projects, an advocacy group contends. (Ashland Daily Press)

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