Midwest Energy News

Poll: Conservative Ohio voters back renewables over coal, nuclear

EFFICIENCY: Minneapolis is expected to adopt a residential energy disclosure ordinance offering homeowners and renters more information about energy costs before they buy a home or sign a lease. (Energy News Network)

NATURAL GAS: Gas utilities face limitations on the availability of renewable natural gas and competition from other sectors that want to use it. (Energy News Network)

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RENEWABLES: Politically conservative voters in Ohio strongly favor renewable energy over coal and nuclear, according to a new poll by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• Solar advocates in Michigan push back against Consumers Energy’s request to delay interconnection requests for solar projects amid an unprecedented backlog. (E&E News, subscription)
•  Milwaukee will generate solar power on its library rooftops, though the city still faces opposition from We Energies. (Urban Milwaukee)
• A Milwaukee restaurant plans to save $6,000 a year by installing rooftop solar. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold a hearing next month on a proposed 170 MW solar project north of Columbus. (Farm and Dairy)

NUCLEAR: Exelon executives plan to meet with Illinois lawmakers over potential nuclear plant closures. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors and Amazon are reportedly ready to invest in a startup electric truck manufacturer based in Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)

• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz wades into his most contentious issue yet by challenging the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Missouri officials are still trying to determine the cause of an oil pipeline leak last week. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: WEC Energy Group will likely seek a rate increase in Wisconsin next year following a four-year freeze on increases. (Milwaukee Biz Times)

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TRANSPORTATION: A Wisconsin task force nears consensus on the state’s need to increase its gasoline tax to fund transportation infrastructure. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• A watchdog group says anti-wind advocates use social media to spread misleading information about development in Ohio. (Checks & Balances Project)
• Clean energy advocates say outdated fossil fuel plants were the least reliable power sources during the polar vortex. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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