Midwest Energy News

Solar industry booming in Illinois despite some obstacles

OHIO: FirstEnergy Solutions’ lawsuit to block a referendum on power plant subsidies may hinge on who the court believes will benefit from them. (Energy News Network) 

BIOFUELS:
• The biofuel debate has become a volatile flashpoint for the Trump administration as it tries to please Big Oil and Midwest farmers. (Reuters)
• Ethanol giant Poet says it is moving forward with plans to open an Indiana refinery even as it idles production 50 miles to the west. (Shelbyville News)

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SOLAR:
• The Future Energy Jobs Act has fueled a solar boom in Illinois despite some remaining obstacles for the industry. (Chicago Tribune)
• Consumers Energy agrees to purchase 100 MW of solar power from a southern Michigan facility, pending approval from state regulators. (WKZO)
• A Michigan county considering an ordinance to require 8-foot fences around solar projects hears a presentation from DTE Energy. (Huron Daily Tribune) 
• A Wisconsin county considers two solar projects, including a solar car-charging station for its courthouse. (Wisconsin Rapids City Times)
• A former head of the Nebraska Energy Office will speak about the state’s wind and solar potential at an event in Omaha next week. (Lincoln Journal Star) 

WIND:
• The Kansas State Fair for the first time will be entirely powered by wind energy thanks to a donation of renewable energy credits. (Leavenworth Times)
• The economic case for wind power is overcoming the political divide over renewable energy in conservative states such as Nebraska. (CleanTechnica)

OIL & GAS:
• An oil producer tells local officials in St. Clair, Michigan, that it hopes to start drilling in the area “sometime next year.” (Port Huron Times Herald)
• Several agencies in Indiana were working to clean up and identify the source of an oil discharge in the White River. (WRTV)
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in an interview defends the state’s record on flaring and the environment. (E&E News, subscription)
• Ohio has millions of dollars to spend on plugging orphaned oil and gas wells, but it needs more contractors to do the work. (Canton Repository)

PIPELINES: Authorities say DNA from a cigarette butt left at a 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protest site led to charges against a South Dakota man. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Xcel Energy asks federal labor regulators to intervene after locked-out union security guards expand picketing at its Monticello nuclear plant. (Star Tribune)

COAL: Coal producer Peabody Energy expects lower quarterly earnings due to falling demand and expenses related to a mine in Australia. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Omaha’s public utility is right to take a careful approach as it studies ways to reduce carbon emissions. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says the Trump administration’s biofuel exemptions to oil refineries are a “kick in the gut” to farmers. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

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