Midwest Energy News

Revisiting Ohio clean energy standards creates uncertainty, advocates say

POLICY: Clean energy advocates say Ohio lawmakers’ attempts to keep revisiting the state’s renewable energy standards creates uncertainty for developers. (Statehouse News Bureau)

RENEWABLES: Minnesota bills targeting 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 have been ill-received by lawmakers representing mining communities that rely on fossil fuels. (Mesabi Daily News)

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• A bill in Iowa to increase fees on solar net metering customers advances to a full House committee. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• North Dakota regulators approve plans for a 200 MW solar project just west of Fargo. (Prairie Public News)
• A developer eyes property in southeastern Wisconsin for a solar project that would likely be smaller than 100 MW. (Janesville Gazette)
• A central Illinois city partners with its electric cooperative to develop a solar project. (Effingham Daily News)

OIL & GAS: A new petrochemical and plastics manufacturing hub fueled by the hydraulic fracturing boom emerges along the Ohio River Valley. (InsideClimate News)

• A county official in Nebraska wants to reconsider a vote that created one-mile setback distances for wind turbines, calling it too stringent. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Freezing temperatures during the polar vortex limited wind energy output in the Upper Midwest. (E&E News, subscription)
• DTE Energy’s revised voluntary green pricing program includes lower rates for a wind-only generation option. (Utility Dive)
• County officials deny a payment in lieu of taxes option for a proposed northern Ohio wind project, stating they prefer to have property tax payments up front. (Sandusky Register)

• A lack of emissions-testing facilities in Chicago means “you are polluting more to drive to the suburbs to have your cars tested for pollution,” advocates say. (CBS Chicago)
• Indiana lawmakers advance a bill that would appoint a committee to study the potential of underground carbon dioxide storage. (Indiana Public Media)

EFFICIENCY: On-bill financing is an increasingly popular financing mechanism to extend energy efficiency projects to more utility customers. (Ensia)

PIPELINES: An activist who was injured during Dakota Access pipeline protests seeks to gather more evidence to prove her claim that she was intentionally targeted by law enforcement. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The petroleum industry pushes back against U.S. EPA plans to amend requirements for renewable fuel credits. (E&E News, subscription)

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