Midwest Energy News

Ohio utility’s massive wind project rejected by Texas regulators

WIND: A $4.5 billion plan by Ohio utility AEP to build the nation’s largest wind farm is rejected by Texas regulators, who say it doesn’t provide clear ratepayer protections. (Columbus Business First)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric shuttle bus service in downtown Chicago offers a glimpse into how public transit could electrify its fleet. (Energy News Network)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is having a “game-changing” year in Michigan with millions of dollars in new projects. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Solar development is a hot issue across Illinois as companies take advantage of statewide incentives approved in 2016. (Belleville News-Democrat)
• Advocates promote the benefits of solar group-buying in central Wisconsin. (WAOW)
• The mayor of a central Illinois town questions the need for a solar project on undeveloped farmland. (WMBD)
• An Indiana school district expects to save $7 million over 20 years with a 2.4 MW solar project built to power buildings. (WDRB)
• A central Nebraska city’s first solar installation is a 1 MW project. (NTV)
• Wisconsin’s first net zero subdivision, with solar panels on each home, is set to have its first residents within the week. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

COAL: An Indiana project that seeks to convert coal to diesel fuel ignites a fierce debate among residents. (UPI)

NATURAL GAS: Otter Tail Power gets approved to build a 250 MW, $150 million natural gas plant in eastern South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)

BIOFUELS: President Trump says at a stop in Iowa that he is “getting very close” to securing year-round ethanol sales. (Quad-City Times)

PIPELINES: A federal judge rules the Dakota Access developer can’t sue a Dutch environmental group for damages under a racketeering law after the group urged banks not to finance the project. (Associated Press)

GRID:
• Wisconsin regulators approve a $120 million plan for a substation and transmission lines to power Foxconn’s new manufacturing facility. (Associated Press)
• An official with ITC Transmission describes the challenges and opportunities with bringing a new natural gas plant online in northern Michigan recently. (Power Engineering)

OIL: County officials in northwestern Iowa seek to block landfill dumping of oil-contaminated soil that resulted from an oil train derailment last month. (KCCI)

RATES: Consumer advocates say Wisconsin regulators obscure the state’s high electricity prices in a new report by focusing on average bill amounts. (La Crosse Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Ohio wind advocates say an offshore project in Lake Erie would make the state a global leader with the first freshwater project. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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