Midwest Energy News

Rural southern Indiana to benefit from planned solar buildout

SOLAR: Critics say Consumers Energy has failed to provide data justifying its proposal to significantly reduce compensation for customers who send excess solar power back to the grid. (Energy News Network)

• Three large solar projects planned in southern Indiana are expected to double the state’s solar capacity and boost local rural economies. (Indiana Public Media)
• An eco-village outside of Detroit launches a crowdfunding campaign to install solar-powered streetlights. (Model D)
• A Chicago nonprofit is delivering solar-powered lights to areas of Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Laura. (KPLC)

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POLICY: Ohio lawmakers will consider a host of other issues besides nuclear plant bailouts, including clean energy standards and coal plant subsidies, as they consider repealing HB 6. (Cleveland.com)

Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz agree to pay $1.5 billion to resolve emissions cheating allegations. (Associated Press)
• A North Dakota agency is tasked with building up a program to review emission leaks from oil field infrastructure after assuming regulatory authority from the U.S. EPA. (Bismarck Tribune)

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration rejects dozens of requests for waivers from small oil refiners to be exempt from the federal renewable fuels law. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

GRID: The Southwest Power Pool and Midcontinent Independent System Operator announce a yearlong study to improve coordination along the “seam” where their grid boundaries interconnect. (Arkansas Business)

• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week the state “in the very near future” will complete its review of Enbridge’s compliance with an easement for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)
• A private security company agrees to pay $175,000 to settle a dispute over its role in Dakota Access pipeline protests, but it’s far less than the $2 million originally sought by the state of North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

• Peabody Energy announces the termination of its chief operating officer amid a particularly rough stretch for the coal industry. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• An eastern Ohio coal mine closes less than two months after its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection. (Herald-Star)

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WIND: Developers begin acquiring land for a planned 255 MW wind project in eastern Illinois. (Danville Commercial-News)

• The co-founder of a solar company says repealing HB 6 in Ohio would make it easier for schools to install solar projects and reduce their energy costs. (LimaOhio.com)
• Ohio regulators should intervene to root out the “deception and nonsense” at the heart of HB 6, an editorial board says. (Columbus Dispatch)

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