Midwest Energy News

Wind leases provide certainty for U.S. farmers in uncertain times

WIND: Wind energy leases have provided additional revenue for U.S. farmers as crop income becomes more uncertain. (USA Today)

ALSO: Recent commitments to renewable energy by Indiana utilities were a “wakeup call” for wind developers, an industry association says. (Inside Indiana Business)

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SOLAR:
Michigan State University officials approve a 20 MW solar project that is expected to save more than $1 million a year in energy costs. (Lansing State Journal)
• Fourth graders helped lead an effort to install solar panels at a northern Illinois elementary school that will save about $90,000 a year. (Daily Herald)

COAL:
• A municipal utility in western Michigan prepares to retire a 70 MW coal plant, but questions remain over how it will add natural gas generation. (MiBiz)
Nearly 20% of the coal delivered in the first three quarters of 2019 went to power plants that are set to close by 2025. (S&P Global)
• A utility seeks to add natural gas capacity while retiring two more coal units at a power plant near Bismarck, North Dakota. (Prairie Public News)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA seeks guidance from the White House on the future of a biofuel waiver program after a court ruling casts doubt on its legitimacy. (Reuters)

POWER PLANTS: A survey of utility employees suggests most do not see stranded assets such as uneconomic fossil fuel plants as a serious financial risk. (Utility Dive) 

OIL & GAS:
North Dakota oil patch residents have a chance to tell state lawmakers this week how the state’s oil tax savings account should be used. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota oil production dropped 3% in December while natural gas production grew slightly. (Associated Press)

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BIOGAS: A California company plans to capture, refine and sell methane gas from manure produced at South Dakota dairy farms. (South Dakota News Watch)

COMMENTARY:
• U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Ohio is in a position to help find solutions for long-term storage of nuclear waste, an editorial board says. (Toledo Blade)
• A Minnesota mayor says state policymakers should help communities hosting former or soon-to-close coal plants prepare for the future. (Star Tribune)

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