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)

ALSO:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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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