Midwest Energy News

South Dakota residents face abandoned gas wells after failed project

NATURAL GAS: A proposed natural gas project in South Dakota fails, potentially saddling the state and landowners with dozens of abandoned wells. (Rapid City Journal)

ALSO:
• Residents call on South Dakota lawmakers to require higher bonds from oil and gas drillers. (Rapid City Journal)
• Legal challenges delay plans for a second natural gas plant in northeastern Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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SOLAR:
• A Minnesota developer sees solar panels as an amenity at multi-family housing units. (Energy News Network)
• Chicago-based Invenergy pursues two large solar projects in southwestern Minnesota. (Worthington Globe)
• Indianapolis’ transit agency receives a nearly $1 million federal grant for solar infrastructure to charge electric buses. (Inside Indiana Business)
• Solar projects are on the rise in central Ohio despite the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported panels. (WSYX)
• Students at an Illinois high school near Chicago push the district to install panels. (WJOL)

COAL:
• The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. still plans to retire half of its coal plants by 2030 despite the Trump administration’s effort to bolster the industry. (Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana)
• Indiana coal industry advocates hope utilities reconsider plans to close plants. (Indianapolis Star)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A southeastern Minnesota city gets its first public EV charging station, which will be free with a suggested donation to offset electricity costs for the site host. (Winona Daily News)

PIPELINES: A federal judge rules the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline can’t sue Earth First for trying to undermine the project. (Associated Press)

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FRAC SAND: Geologists evaluate whether North Dakota sand could be used for hydraulic fracturing as industry demand increases. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• A Michigan engineering researcher says retraining coal workers for solar jobs is a more feasible alternative than bailing out uneconomic power plants. (The Conversation)
• An Ohio editorial board says local anti-fracking advocates should focus their efforts on blocking legislation that would make it more costly to treat water for suburban customers. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• The Michigan Environmental Council says it’s important for the state to “sustain the momentum” toward more renewable energy as the Trump administration seeks to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (Detroit News)

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