Midwest Energy News

Report: Wind projects boost rural tax bases and spark new revenue

WIND: A 570 MW wind project in South Dakota would be the largest clean energy project on Native American land if it can overcome financial, cultural and bureaucratic barriers. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Wind projects boost local tax bases and generate new revenue, especially in rural areas, according to a Moody’s Investor Service report. (Reuters)
• Township officials in eastern Michigan are set to vote on new wind turbine regulations as potential projects surface. (MLive)
• A renewable energy developer sponsors an expert’s visit to an Ohio high school to teach students about wind energy. (Sandusky Register)
• A Consumers Energy official says the company is not actively buying or leasing additional land for wind or solar projects. (Adrian Daily Telegram)
• New wind zoning regulations move forward in a mid-Michigan county. (WJRT)

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GRID:
• Regional grid operator PJM’s latest fuel security plan ignores the potential resiliency benefits of distributed generation, critics say. (Midwest Energy News)
• Illinois regulators approve Ameren’s voltage optimization plan meant to increase energy efficiency and reduce system losses. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds defends signing a bill to scale back utility energy efficiency programs, saying “legislation is about compromise.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol exports could count toward federally mandated biofuel volumes under President Trump’s compromise between corn growers and oil refiners. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

OIL AND GAS: For the seventh time, voters in Youngstown, Ohio, reject a ballot initiative to ban fracking. (Youngstown Vindicator)

SOLAR: With wind development on hold, local officials in an eastern Illinois county pursue solar projects. (Ford County Record)

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UTILITIES:
• Officials with Minnesota’s ALLETE say the company’s clean energy subsidiary is its “biggest growth engine.” (Business North)
• DTE Energy unveils plans for a $75 million redevelopment project at the site of a former coal gasification plant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (MLive)

TRANSMISSION: A multi-agency response to an anchor strike that severed transmission cables in the Straits of Mackinac has finished. (Associated Press)

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