Midwest Energy News

Renewable energy investments help AEP hit earnings targets

Clarification: Michigan regulators ordered major changes to DTE Energy’s long-range energy plan last week but did not issue a formal rejection. An item in Friday’s newsletter was unclear about the action taken.

POLICY: Major clean energy legislation in Illinois would be funded through a small increase in a utility customer charge, possibly offset with savings from shaking up how the state ensures long-term energy supplies. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: American Electric Power expects to hit earnings growth targets through 2024 in large part through capital investments in renewable energy. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR:
• Recently approved solar projects in Wisconsin “could be a precursor” for more development in the future, advocates say. (WisBusiness)
• Invenergy submits plans for a 200 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Kenosha News)
• County officials in central Ohio consider purchasing power from a planned 100 MW solar project. (Coshocton Tribune)
• Local officials in Naperville, Illinois, consider adding a solar installation on city-owned property. (Naperville Community Television)

WIND:
• Local officials in northwestern Missouri consider a ban on commercial wind energy projects. (St. Joseph News-Press)
• A wind turbine technician says he was drawn to the job by “the impact that we can have on our communities and our environment.” (Quad-City Times)

RENEWABLES: County officials in eastern Nebraska consider zoning changes for large-scale wind and solar projects. (Oakland Independent)

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BIOENERGY: A Michigan biodigester facility produces electricity from industrial food waste. (WZZM)

COMMENTARY:
• Recycling wind turbine components is a viable alternative to landfills, says the executive director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum. (Energy News Network)
• Federal regulators can help realign energy markets in Ohio that are reliant on subsidies for power plants, says a former acting deputy secretary of energy in the George W. Bush administration. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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