Midwest Energy News

State regulators pull funding for planned Minneapolis hydro project

SOLAR: Plans for Ohio’s largest solar project are entangled in a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court involving subsidies for two 1950s-era coal plants. (Energy News Network)

• Plans move forward for a pair of 2 MW community solar projects west of Chicago, while a nearby county board approves six projects. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Daily Southtown)
• A vote is delayed on a solar project in Toledo, Ohio, that critics say is driven by a labor dispute over who would get to build it. (Toledo Blade)

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HYDROELECTRIC: Minnesota regulators pull $3.5 million in funding for a long-planned hydroelectric project along the Minneapolis riverfront, saying it is no longer in the public interest. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• A small northern Michigan utility is the first in the state to announce a 100 percent renewable energy goal as coal plant closures by major utilities forces smaller companies to seek other options. (Energy News Network)
• An Indiana researcher says non-mandated goals are not effective in driving renewable energy, except where the resource is price-competitive, like wind in the Great Plains. (Utility Dive)

• Environmental groups and Indiana’s coal industry align in opposition to Vectren’s plan to build a $900 million natural gas plant. (E&E News)
• Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder tours the site of a natural gas plant under construction in the Upper Peninsula. (UPMatters.com)
• A member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeks more information about staffers helping the Trump administration devise a plan to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ohio utility AEP formally introduces its $10 million incentive program to spur EV charging stations in its territory. (Columbus Dispatch)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota oil production dropped nearly 2 percent in June as producers scaled back activity to keep natural gas flaring from exceeding state limits. (Bismarck Tribune)

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COAL: Absent “market interventions at a grand scale,” low natural gas and renewable energy prices could cut the U.S. coal fleet in half by 2030. (Greentech Media)

• A northeastern Nebraska county should adopt “reasonable restrictions” on wind energy siting that still allow for rural economic development, an editorial board says. (Norfolk Daily News)
• Advocates say Great Lakes states can secure good-paying clean energy jobs if policymakers provide certainty. (Environmental Working Group)
• Officials in Dane County, Wisconsin, say they are ready to partner with others in the state on clean energy and climate change efforts. (Door County Pulse)

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