Midwest Energy News

Wind energy development slows in Ohio likely due to setback rules

WIND: A Nebraska lawmaker is willing to re-introduce a two-year moratorium on wind development in the state’s Sand Hills region if a separate bill to broaden public comment on potential development doesn’t advance. (Midwest Energy News)

ALSO:
• Wind energy growth slowed last year in Ohio, likely due to restrictive setback regulations. (Columbus Dispatch, Springfield News-Sun)
• NextEra Energy is developing plans for a 99-megawatt wind project in northeastern South Dakota. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A Minnesota nonprofit holds wind easement rights of its members for conservation and environmental purposes as a way to block wind projects. (Fairmont Sentinel)

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EFFICIENCY: A building retrofit program in Chicago has had some early successes as it plays a key role in reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan’s two major utilities are working with large automakers to develop electric vehicle pilot programs. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

SOLAR: The Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois is sparking interest in solar development at former landfills. (Champaign News-Gazette)

OIL AND GAS: An industry group in Ohio is working with environmental advocates on legislation to promote the capping of abandoned oil and gas wells. (Toledo Blade)

EMISSIONS: Sustainability officials at the University of Minnesota say they are on track to meet aggressive emission-reduction goals. (Minnesota Daily)

COAL: A Wisconsin coal plant is in the final stages of a project that will cut the facility’s nitrogen oxide emissions in half. (Portage Daily Register)

NUCLEAR:
• An Iowa lawmaker says closing a nuclear plant early would be a “nightmare” involving the loss of 600 jobs. (Radio Iowa)
• Ohio lawmakers continue discussing legislation that would subsidize uneconomic nuclear plants in the state. (WCBE)

GRID: Crews in Wisconsin begin construction on the high-voltage Badger Coulee transmission line, which will connect to the CapX2020 project in Minnesota. (La Crosse Tribune)

UTILITIES: Iowa regulators approve a rate increase for Alliant Energy to help pay for grid upgrades and a new natural gas plant. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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OVERSIGHT: A Republican lawmaker in Indiana is among the finalists for an appointment to the state Utility Regulatory Commission. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An Illinois solar installer discusses the advantages of using solar and batteries to live off the grid. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A Forbes writer says you could “almost feel the ambivalence” from major automakers at this year’s Auto Show in Detroit toward investing in electric vehicles while also promoting gasoline-powered pickup trucks.
• The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum says efforts to promote clean energy in the state “shouldn’t be a controversial policy discussion.” (Columbus Dispatch)

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