Midwest Energy News

Union contract dispute stalls FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan

SOLAR: Widespread deployment of rooftop solar in a 5.4-square-mile section of Cleveland could produce enough electricity to power approximately 10,000 homes, according to a NASA analysis. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Wisconsin officials break ground on the state’s first large-scale solar project, a 150 MW, 800-acre project near Green Bay. (Green Bay Press Gazette)
• A northern Illinois county extends a moratorium on new solar projects through the end of the year. (Ogle County Life)

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UTILITIES:
• A judge says he won’t approve FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy reorganization plan until the company reaches an agreement with labor unions over worker contracts. (Utility Dive)
• The corporate structure and original formation of a utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula contribute to its higher-than-average rates, explains a consumer advocate. (Bridge Magazine)

WIND:
• The Detroit Zoo plans to contract with DTE Energy to power all of its operations with wind energy by 2021. (Detroit News)
• Construction began this month on a 236 MW wind project in northwestern Missouri. (Northwestern Missourian)

COAL: Large coal plants in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri expected to stay online for another 20 years raise questions about their utility owners’ ability to achieve deep carbon emission reductions. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Health Department disregarded its own policy by not updating a natural gas spill report to be accessible to the public following a 2015 incident. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant says it will shut down in October due to the Trump administration’s approval of biofuel waivers for oil refiners. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES:
• A complaint by North Dakota regulators against a private security firm hired during Dakota Access pipeline protests is dismissed by the state Supreme Court but will continue administratively. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Minnesota regulators approve a $100 million plan to reroute a 10-mile section of an oil pipeline on the Fond du Lac Reservation. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: More than 50 rural Minnesota landowners are selected for federal grants to install clean energy projects. (Brainerd Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial says Illinois lawmakers need to act with urgency to pass an energy bill that expands renewables and protects ratepayers. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• A coalition of environmental and community groups ask Michigan regulators to reject DTE Energy’s long-term integrated resource plan. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The Trump administration’s policy granting waivers to oil refiners weaken biofuel demand and hurts Midwest producers, a Minnesota editorial board says. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Electrifying trucks and buses will expand the options available to consumers who want access to electric vehicles, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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