Midwest Energy News

Walmart makes big wind energy buy in Indiana, Illinois

CORRECTION: Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline passes through the Straits of Mackinac. Two items in yesterday’s digest mistakenly referred to it as Line 3.

WIND: Walmart makes a deal to purchase 233 MW of wind energy from three new wind farms in Indiana and Illinois. (Power Engineering Magazine)

ALSO:
How thinking big helped get a major wind project on Sioux tribal land off the ground. (GreenBiz)
Illinois regulators hold a policy session to examine wind energy’s impact on the grid and discuss ways to take better advantage of the state’s potential. (North American Windpower)
A North Dakota county takes over a township’s permitting authority of a wind farm, as all three of the township’s supervisors stand to benefit from the project. (Bismarck Tribune)
An anti-wind group packs a public meeting in Ohio to oppose two new projects. (Toledo Blade)
A decision on a proposed Illinois wind farm is delayed until next year. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

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NATURAL GAS:
Large industrial customers are joining clean energy groups to oppose a Minnesota utility’s plan for a new natural gas plant. (Energy News Network)
Ohio’s Public Utilities Commission is sending safety experts to Massachusetts to help restore natural gas lines after a series of explosions in September. (Daily Energy Insider)
An analysis finds Indiana has mitigated most of the risks that led to the Massachusetts explosions. (Indianapolis Star)

CLIMATE: At an appearance in Iowa, Energy Secretary Rick Perry says “we recognize the climate is changing, always has been” while touting technologies that will “make the climate we live in better.” (WOI-TV)

SOLAR:
A fight over net metering in Michigan could provide another national test case on solar policy. (InsideClimate News)
A $250 million solar project is proposed in central Michigan. (MLive)
Ameren Missouri launches a community solar project, allowing customers to buy shares of a 1 MW array near the St. Louis airport. (News Tribune)
A Wisconsin school district is developing a solar array with the help of a state grant. (Superior Telegram)
Officials in an Illinois town are seeing a surge in interest in solar installations. (Fox 2)

EFFICIENCY:
Local officials in an Iowa town advance plans for a net-zero housing development. (KAAL)
Officials in an Ohio county consider building upgrades that could save up to $686,000 annually. (Star Beacon)

BIOENERGY: A new facility in Indiana is converting 945 tons of cow manure into biogas every day. (Next-Gen Transportation)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Bloomington, Indiana has secured $1 million in funding to add an electric bus to its transit fleet. (Indiana Daily Student)

COMMENTARY: A compromise over the Straits of Mackinac pipeline shows the difficulty in balancing current energy needs with the need to combat climate change. (The Conversation)

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