Midwest Energy News

Tribe says Dakota Access spill response plan remains inadequate

• In a first-of-its-kind project, 63 turbines at Illinois’ first utility-scale wind project will be replaced with 29 more powerful turbines that will increase the overall capacity of the project by 26 megawatts. (Greentech Media)
• An eastern Ohio city considers local zoning rules for wind turbines as more are constructed in populated areas. (WKSU)

• The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the Dakota Access pipeline spill response plan is still inadequate nine months after the project opened. (InsideClimate News)
• Grid operator PJM asks federal regulators to require gas pipeline owners to share information about projects in real time to ensure grid resiliency. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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• Officials in Dane County, Wisconsin, announce plans for another solar project attached to a county facility, bringing the number to 16. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Vectren announces the location of a planned 50 MW solar project in southern Indiana. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• Construction begins on a 3-acre, $8 million solar project at a jail and health department outside of Indianapolis. (WISH)
• A central Illinois city will consider leasing 19 acres of land for a 2 MW solar project. (Peoria Journal Star)

• A county elections board rejects a ballot initiative to ban fracking in Youngstown, Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A new leader is selected for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, filling a vacancy created in December. (Columbus Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: Agencies in Rochester, Minnesota, continue to pursue projects that will help the city meet a 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2031. (Rochester Post-Bulletin)

• National biofuel groups are concerned that a waiver given to a Pennsylvania oil refinery over Renewable Fuel Standard obligations could lead to more such applications. (Quad-City Times)
• Ethanol plants are among the plaintiffs in a $1.5 billion class action settlement reached over a company’s genetically engineered corn seed. (Associated Press)

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COMMENTARY: An Illinois developer says a case before state regulators that would exclude municipal and cooperative utilities from funding opportunities under the Future Energy Jobs Act threatens renewable energy programs. (State Journal-Register)

• Chattanooga, Tennessee, plans to install a solar-battery microgrid at its municipal airport, building its status as a testbed for smart-grid technology. (Southeast Energy News)
• The head of a North Carolina trade group for the energy-efficient construction industry answers questions about energy-efficient homes. (Southeast Energy News)

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