Midwest Energy News

Ohio’s largest solar project proposed at former landfill

GRID: MISO, the Midwest’s primary grid operator, doesn’t see a looming reliability crisis as utilities phase out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)

• A company plans a 4 megawatt solar project at a former landfill near Cleveland that would be Ohio’s largest. (Columbus Business First)
• County officials in western Illinois advance plans for a pair of 20 acre solar projects. (Galesburg Register-Mail)

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PIPELINES: A North Dakota judge limits what state officials can be asked in a case accusing law enforcement of violating pipeline protesters’ civil rights. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: Replacing FirstEnergy’s three nuclear plants with existing natural gas generation could deal a blow to clean energy, some argue. (E&E News, subscription)

• Murray Energy, a major coal supplier, says it has no plans to file for bankruptcy following FirstEnergy’s recent announcement. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)
• Residents near a Wisconsin coal plant share concerns with We Energies officials over coal dust releases. (WISN)

BIOFUELS: Renewable fuels groups are concerned about the U.S. EPA giving waivers to large oil companies over renewable fuel requirements. (WHO-TV)

• An eastern Nebraska county adopts a six-month moratorium on wind projects to study local zoning regulations. (Norfolk Daily News)
• Sixty-two intervenors formally withdraw from a wind project proposal in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Hearings are scheduled for June on a planned 302 megawatt wind project in South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A proposed South Dakota wind project is dealt another setback as local planners narrowly recommend to reject it. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

OIL AND GAS: A company proposes to develop more than 26,000 acres in North Dakota as a single drilling unit, claiming it will allow oil wells to be located farther from Lake Sakakawea. (Bismarck Tribune)

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TRANSMISSION: Efforts continue to remove fluid that leaked from an underwater transmission cable in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: A University of Wisconsin student and activist says coal dust exposure from a Wisconsin plant shows the need for Madison’s move toward more clean energy. (Badger Herald)

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