Midwest Energy News

U.S. EPA allows North Dakota to regulate wells for carbon storage

SOLAR: National developer SunRun is opening an Illinois office, citing incentives for distributed solar generation in the state energy law passed in 2016. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Local officials in central Illinois agree to lease 20 acres of city-owned farmland for a solar project. (East Peoria Times-Courier)
• A rural Illinois county drafts zoning regulations for large-scale solar projects. (Rantoul Press)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council for its 6th Annual Members Meeting, featuring topics including the 2018 election, renewable energy siting, microgrids, grid modernization, and energy efficiency. April 30 in Lansing, MI. Register today!***

COAL:
• North Dakota becomes the first state to receive authority from the U.S. EPA to regulate underground wells for long-term carbon storage. (Associated Press)
• Wisconsin ratepayer advocates want savings from closing We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie coal plant directed back to customers. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A southeastern Michigan town could lose $6 million in annual tax revenue when a coal plant eventually closes there. (Monroe News)

GRID: Utility regulators discuss the challenges and opportunities with integrating distributed generation into wholesale markets. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES: Any attempt at emergency measures to save FirstEnergy’s coal and nuclear plants would likely be bogged down in lawsuits. (E&E News)

WIND:
• Construction begins on a 185 megawatt wind project in central Illinois that will cover the energy needs of General Motors facilities in Ohio and Indiana. (ReNews)
• A rural Illinois county debates zoning regulations for wind projects before lifting a moratorium that’s been in place for months. (Ford County Record)

POLICY: Clean energy investor Jigar Shah says Minnesota and Illinois are among states positioned to be clean energy leaders. (GreenBiz)

BIOFUELS: U.S. farmers are as concerned about potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard as they are a trade war with China. (Bloomberg)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Forum, May 23-24 in Chicago, examines the latest business strategies and technology advances for implementing the distributed, intelligent, and renewables-centric grid of the future. See www.grid-modernization-forum.com for full details and to register. Enter MWEN for 20% off.***

OIL AND GAS: The North Dakota oil patch town of Williston faces a housing shortage as oil and gas activity picks up again. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy groups say Illinois leads the way in preparing to integrate private microgrids with utility wires. (Environmental Defense Fund)

Comments are closed.