Midwest Energy News

We Energies agrees to drop proposed solar fees

SOLAR: We Energies agrees to drop proposed charges for customers who generate solar power while renewable advocates agree to support the company’s plan for a utility-scale solar project. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

NUCLEAR: An Ohio Senate committee makes more changes to a nuclear subsidy bill that would set aside $20 million a year for solar projects and remove a provision allowing for local referendums on wind projects. (Columbus Dispatch)

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GRID:
• Illinois regulators withdraw a proposed rule change that would let utilities earn a rate of return for cloud-based software subscriptions. (Energy News Network)
• U.S. lawmakers will meet this week to discuss the future of electricity delivery, hitting on themes of grid modernization and cybersecurity. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES: Minnesota-based developer Geronimo Energy is sold to a British utility for $100 million. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

OIL & GAS: Environmental groups appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court seeking to block approval of an oil refinery near a national park. (Forum News Service)

WIND: Ohio-based AEP looks to purchase three Oklahoma wind projects for $2 billion. (Columbus Business First)

BIOGAS: Capturing landfill gas for electricity faces a complicated future as critics say economic and environmental disadvantages are being overlooked by the industry. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: A first-term Minnesota lawmaker says she hears most from constituents about the need to pass clean energy legislation, but “unfortunately” the state Senate refused to act this session. (Lakeshore Weekly News)

COAL: A coal plant in Lansing, Michigan, is back in operation after a small fire damaged equipment last week. (WILX)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say wind development brings economic benefits in the form of lease payments and tax revenue, particularly for rural communities. (Jackson Newspapers)
• A consumer advocate warns that shutting down Line 5 in the Upper Peninsula could leave some utility customers with higher bills due to stranded costs. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• Uneconomic nuclear plants in Ohio should be retired amid cheaper alternatives in natural gas and renewables, says a free-market advocacy group. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Minnesota can be a national model for clean energy and climate change solutions, says a former resident and climate advocate. (Duluth News Tribune)

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