Midwest Energy News

Record gas flaring in North Dakota as processing plants, pipelines close

OHIO: An Ohio attorney argues that a bill providing subsidies for two nuclear plants is a tax increase and therefore can’t be overturned by referendum. (WOSU)

OIL & GAS:
• High production and the closure of natural gas pipelines and processing facilities leads to record levels of natural gas flaring in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A North Dakota legislative panel begins studying potential uses for revenue from the state’s oil tax savings account. (Associated Press) 

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SOLAR:
• The Indiana Municipal Power Agency is building 28 MW of solar across five projects in one western Indiana city. (Crawfordsville Journal Review)
• As Ameren opens a community solar project near the St. Louis airport, the utility says the program is poised to expand. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Researchers find major potential for solar power on farmland while also helping to increase crop yields. (Yale Environment 360)

PIPELINES: Michigan lawmakers seek to file a brief in a lawsuit to defend their previous decision supporting a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)

POLITICS: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is sued over hiring an attorney specializing in climate issues who works at a law center funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Minnesota Public Radio) 

WIND:
• A $200 million wind project is expected to be operational next month in North Dakota, boosting the state’s 26% wind portfolio. (Dickinson Press)
• Developers plan to submit new plans for a wind project in northwestern North Dakota after state regulators denied the project in June. (Forum News Service)
• The Danish wind turbine company Vestas reports a sharp drop in profits due to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. (E&E News, subscription)
• NextEra unveils a new 71-turbine wind project in northeastern Nebraska. (KMEG)

CLIMATE: 23 municipalities across Dane County, Wisconsin, partner to address climate change and reduce emissions. (Madison Capital Times)

GRID: Most U.S. states are taking policy action on grid modernization particularly focusing on energy storage, data access, distribution and integrated resource planning, according to a new report. (Solar Industry Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: A FirstEnergy program protects bird nesting sites on power poles in the summer months before the birds migrate south for the winter. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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