Midwest Energy News

South Dakota sees growing pains amid wind energy growth

COAL: Southeastern Wisconsin residents remained concerned about exposure to coal dust from a nearby We Energies plant as the utility agrees to meet with them. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID:
• Regional grid operator PJM tells the Department of Energy there is “no immediate threat” to grid reliability if FirstEnergy nuclear and coal plants close. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• FirstEnergy spent a year studying the potential for Department of Energy support for its coal and nuclear plants under a section of the Federal Power Act. (E&E News, subscription)

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WIND:
• As wind energy is poised for major growth in South Dakota, vocal opposition remains from some residents. (South Dakota News Watch)
• A wind manufacturing plant in Kansas recalls employees who were laid off in August, expecting to hire 100 workers over the next six months. (Hutchinson News)
• A developer files plans for a 70 megawatt wind project in northeastern Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

NUCLEAR: Minnesota is the latest front in a national debate around large nuclear plants and who should pay to keep them operating. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: Geronimo Energy officials say a planned solar project in western Illinois is unlikely to impact nearby property values “either positive or negative.” (Galesburg Register-Mail)

OIL AND GAS: A North Dakota agency claims oil companies have underpaid royalties to the state in a case being closely watched by the industry. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• U.S. EPA officials clashed with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration over fines related to Enbridge’s 2010 pipeline spill in Michigan. (E&E News, subscription)
• The U.S. State Department is analyzing a potential alternative route for the Keystone XL pipeline approved by Nebraska regulators last year. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla will recall roughly 123,000 Model S sedans out of concern that the power steering system could fail, particularly in cold climates. (MLive)

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COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates say FirstEnergy is relying on inaccurate claims about grid resiliency as it seeks support for its coal and nuclear plants. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A Wisconsin public-health advocate says Madison Gas & Electric should take responsibility for off-taking electricity from a plant where coal dust is negatively impacting neighbors. (Madison Capital Times)

MORE FROM THE ENERGY NEWS NETWORK: A new North Carolina project is helping Duke Energy meet a mandate to generate a small portion of its power from pig waste, with developers hoping it can serve as a model for others across rural America. (Southeast Energy News)

CORRECTION: A several-year-old news story about Minnesota lawmakers and North Dakota electricity generation was mistakenly included in Monday’s digest.

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