Midwest Energy News

Report: Clean energy could bring 20,000 jobs, $25 billion to Ohio

POLICY: A new integrated resource planning process adopted by Michigan lawmakers in 2016 will hold utilities accountable to their clean energy pledges, activists say. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A major solar developer in the Northeast sees industry potential in Illinois following the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act in 2016. (Midwest Energy News)
• Several churches in South Bend, Indiana, install solar panels to reduce electricity costs and their carbon footprint. (WSBT)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Investing in renewable energy, electric vehicles and energy efficiency could bring 20,000 new jobs and $25 billion to Ohio, according to a new report. (Columbus Dispatch)

COAL:
• Coal plants along the Ohio River could get relief from regional pollution oversight, which has helped to improve water quality in the river. (InsideClimate News)
• Wisconsin regulators deny consumer groups’ effort to set aside cost savings for ratepayers after the early closure of the Pleasant Prairie coal plant. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

PIPELINES: Energy Transfer Partners looks to begin commercial operations on the Rover gas pipeline this week. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: A former adviser to Energy Secretary Rick Perry lobbies the Trump administration for a bailout on behalf of FirstEnergy Solutions. (Associated Press)

GRID: AEP provides a $250,000 grant to support grid cybersecurity research at Ohio State University. (Columbus Business First)

EFFICIENCY: Grand Rapids, Michigan, plans to invest $20 million to convert its streetlights to LEDs by 2022. (MLive)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A University of Michigan researcher says a 1,100 MW gas plant to be built by DTE Energy could be a risky long-term investment. (Michigan Radio)
• A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member calls the security of U.S. gas pipelines a “growing concern.” (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• A utility watchdog group says advocates should closely watch Michigan’s integrated resource planning process to ensure utilities meet clean energy pledges. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Michigan utilities should be cautious with new natural gas plants as they meet a 50 percent clean energy goal by 2030, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute. (Greenbiz)
• Ameren Missouri’s plan for a 400 MW wind project is welcome news from a utility that’s been slow to embrace renewables, an editorial says. (Washington Missourian)

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