Midwest Energy News

Ohio Valley has solar potential but lacks policy for development

SOLAR: State solar policies across the coal-heavy Ohio Valley “look like a patchwork quilt” that makes development challenging. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

ALSO:
• Solar power has greater potential in southern Ohio than anywhere else in the state, advocates say. (Chillicothe Gazette)
• A solar company denies seeking permits in Illinois for projects unlikely to be built as a way to get “lottery tickets” for state tax credits that could be used elsewhere. (Peoria Journal Star)
• Geronimo Energy works with landowners on a 150 to 200 MW solar project in southwestern Minnesota, which would be the largest in the state. (Worthington Globe)
• Minnesota can economically meet its goal to get 10 percent of its power from solar five years early. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Ohio risks missing out on roughly $25 billion in investments and 20,000 new jobs over the next two decades if state officials don’t take steps soon to expand clean energy, according to a new analysis. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• One of the unions that endorsed Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan hopes she changes her position on wanting to permanently close Line 5. (WSJM)
• North Dakota regulators seek up to $2 million in fines from a company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Governors-elect in Michigan and Illinois campaigned on reducing carbon emissions from the power sector but have said very little about transportation emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Wisconsin Public Service decommissions 14 wind turbines 20 years after being installed near Green Bay. (WLUK)

COAL: A western Michigan city aims to close its coal plant in the next two years, but coal ash storage ponds at the site remain a challenge. (Grand Haven Tribune)

BIOFUELS: DuPont agrees to repay the state of Iowa $10.5 million for tax incentives it received for a cellulosic ethanol plant that closed a year ago while also helping land a new facility owner. (Radio Iowa)

CYBERSECURITY: Nearly half of U.S. utility CEOs believe a cyberattack on their company is inevitable, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota oil production reached record levels in September, though officials expect that growth to slow in the coming months. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Local officials delay a decision on leasing oil and gas rights in a southwestern Michigan public park. (MLive)

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NUCLEAR: Repairs are needed at a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant after regulators discover issues during an inspection. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says backers of an effort to ban fracking in Youngstown that failed for an eighth time should concede defeat. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Analysts say failed attempts to capture carbon at an Indiana coal plant are among others that suggest the technology eludes the coal industry. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A financial risk expert says Minnesota needs to transition faster from coal despite its 25 percent renewable energy portfolio. (MinnPost)

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