Midwest Energy News

Some worry of natural gas over-reliance in Ohio

CLEAN TECH: Ameren partners with researchers and the private sector on a business incubator focused on smart grid technology. (Midwest Energy News)

OIL AND GAS:
• Ohio has 11 natural gas plants under varying stages of development, prompting some to question whether the state will rely too much on the fuel source. (Columbus Dispatch)
U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from transportation are now equal to emissions from the electricity sector, largely thanks to a shift away from coal power, according to an EPA report. (E&E News)
• North Dakota regulators consider changes to the state’s policy aimed at reducing natural gas flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)

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NUCLEAR:
• An Exelon official says high costs will prevent new nuclear plants from being built in the United States. (Platts)
• States across the Midwest are considering bills to protect existing nuclear plants from market challenges. (Forbes)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An Xcel Energy pilot program in Minnesota involves home “smart” chargers that don’t require customers to install a second electrical meter. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• The public transit service in Illinois’ Quad Cities metro area unveils three electric buses. (Quad-City Times)

SOLAR:
• A nature center in Iowa achieves net-zero energy certification after solar panels generated more energy the past year than the facility used. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• AEP Ohio awards $250,000 to Ohio University to research the economic benefits of solar deployment in southeastern Ohio. (Athens News)

PIPELINES: Enbridge temporarily shuts down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac due to bad weather. (Detroit News)

UTILITIES: It’s unclear how much President Trump can do to help FirstEnergy’s struggling nuclear and coal plants. (WOSU)

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TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota officials ask the U.S. EPA to reconsider its plan to weaken vehicle emissions standards. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• DTE Energy says it has made the case to build a 1,100 megawatt natural gas plant to replace coal units, while a former Michigan utility regulator says the project would be a $1 billion mistake. (Detroit Free Press)
• A solar advocate says streamlining local regulations can decrease the costs of installing solar projects in Minnesota. (MinnPost)
• An attorney says states should capitalize on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to bolster electric vehicle deployment. (Utility Dive)
• Emails show the extent to which an Ohio lobbyist helped state lawmakers keep strict wind turbine setbacks in place. (Checks & Balances Project)

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