Midwest Energy News

Settlement could bring wave of third-party solar in Michigan 

SOLAR: A proposed settlement between Consumers Energy and solar developers over PURPA rates in Michigan could lead to the development of hundreds of megawatts of power within the next four years. (MiBiz)

• Local officials will hold a public hearing this month on a planned 60 MW solar-plus-storage project in South Dakota. (Aberdeen News)
• A clean energy supplier partners with a Minnesota company to include pollinator habitats at solar projects. (Solar Power World)
• Solar advocates celebrate Kansas regulators’ decision to exempt certain customers from fixed charges. (KSNT)

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POWER PLANTS: Minnesota regulators say Xcel Energy has failed to demonstrate how buying a $650 million natural gas plant would benefit ratepayers. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: Ohio-based FirstEnergy says it is closing a western Pennsylvania coal plant ahead of schedule due to its “lack of economic viability.” (Columbus Business First)

• A federal judge plans to take up a dispute between the Trump administration and environmental groups over the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
• Wisconsin regulators fine a contractor $25,000 for its role in a gas pipeline explosion last year. (Associated Press)

• Otter Tail Power has two wind projects under construction in North and South Dakota totaling 395 MW. (NewsDakota.com)
• A permitting error stalls plans for a 77-turbine wind project in northern Ohio, though the developer plans to refile its request. (Toledo Blade)
• A company is in the early stages of developing a wind project in central Wisconsin. (Wausau Daily Herald)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol and corn producers blame the Trump administration for bailing out the U.S. oil industry with waivers for biofuel mandates. (Reuters)

• FirstEnergy’s attempts to cancel contracts with union workers at two nuclear plants “smack of opportunism and bad faith,” an editorial board writes. (Toledo Blade)
• A Forbes contributor says federal biofuel mandates create an unsustainable business model for ethanol producers. 

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