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)

• 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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• 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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• 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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