Midwest Energy News

States consider next steps after solar net metering

SOLAR:
• States take varying approaches to compensating customers for their solar power as they move away from net metering policies. (InsideClimate News)
• A northern Michigan city considers a capped landfill site for a solar project. (Petoskey News-Review)

POWER PLANTS: Utility regulators in Minnesota and Missouri explore whether the practice of “self-committing” and “self-scheduling” coal units is blocking the transition to renewables and natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota’s congressional delegation asks the Trump administration to address the state’s year-old request for $38 million to cover the cost of policing Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Two companies plan to move forward with a new pipeline to transport Bakken crude oil to Oklahoma, but a route is not yet clear. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Some lawmakers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say they were not consulted with over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for a task force to address the area’s energy supply needs. (WCMU)
• Two labor unions tell Whitmer that shutting down Line 5 would jeopardize thousands of jobs from Wisconsin to Ontario. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

BIOFUELS:
• A U.S. refiner group sues the U.S. EPA to block its decision to allow year-round sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, a move that’s angered both the oil industry and environmentalists. (Reuters, Grist)
• President Trump and EPA administrator Andew Wheeler are in Iowa today touting the administration’s ethanol policy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Ethanol will likely be a prominent campaign issue for Democratic presidential contenders in Iowa. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: Six Minnesota cities collaborate with German counterparts on climate change projects. (Minnesota Public Radio)

RENEWABLES: A western Michigan municipal utility invests in solar rather than wind to generate a net decrease in power costs. (Grand Haven Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Marathon Petroleum pushes back against complaints over the company’s petroleum coke facility in Detroit. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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POLITICS: Democratic voters in Iowa say climate change is one of their top priorities in next year’s election, according to recent polling. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• Commitments to deeply decarbonize electric power production are on the rise across the Midwest, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A columnist says Ohio lawmakers are “playing us for fools” as they seek to subsidize nuclear plants while ditching popular energy efficiency and renewable energy policies. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• An Ohio editorial board says saving a coal miner pension fund that’s expected to go bankrupt by 2022 “merits bipartisan support.” (Toledo Blade)
• The developer of an offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie says the project is a catalyst for clean energy innovation in the Midwest. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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