Midwest Energy News

Report: Grid modernization key to climate adaptation in Ohio

SOLAR: Developers and advocates say We Energies’ proposal to lease rooftop space for solar would undermine the private market amid the company’s reluctance to approve other third-party projects. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Modernizing the electric grid is among a series of recommendations in a new climate adaptation report for Columbus, Ohio. (WOSU)

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COAL:
• Analysts see “very little upside” for the coal industry as retirements near record levels in 2018 and consumption continues to decline. (Greentech Media)
• About a dozen protesters at We Energies’ headquarters in Milwaukee deliver coal-filled stockings, saying the utility hasn’t done enough to transition to clean energy. (WISN)

TRANSMISSION: Developers are optimistic that Missouri regulators will approve the Grain Belt Express transmission project after reconsideration. (KOMU)

UTILITIES: Influential utility CEO Jim Rogers, who helped steer Duke Energy toward more renewable energy, dies at the age of 71. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

OIL & GAS: A North Dakota committee urges lawmakers and officials not to spend down the state’s Legacy Fund of oil revenue. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• The mayor of St. Louis signs an “aspirational” pledge committing the city to 100 percent renewable energy. (St. Louis Public Radio)
• Experts recommend utilities in Springfield, Illinois, invest in more renewable energy. (WICS)

WIND:
• A 185 MW wind project in Illinois offsets power for General Motors plants in Indiana and Ohio. (The News Wheel)
• A county board in eastern Nebraska approves higher noise level standards for residents who participate in wind projects. (Lincoln Journal Star)

TRANSPORTATION: Iowa advocates urge the U.S. EPA to maintain federal fuel efficiency standards to create clean tech jobs and reduce emissions. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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BIOFUELS: Officials consider plans for a new ethanol plant and a gas pipeline to support it in southeastern South Dakota. (Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan)

COMMENTARY:
• A Minneapolis planning commissioner says the city’s 2040 plan that includes a carbon-neutral goal by 2050 puts it at the forefront of climate action. (MinnPost)
• A watchdog group tracked utility political spending ahead of the 2018 election, showing more contributions to Republican organizations for governors and attorneys general. (Energy & Policy Institute)

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