Midwest Energy News

Wind supporters say Ohio bill is an ‘attack on landowner rights’

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Without incentive programs to shift electric vehicle charging away from peak times, a Minnesota electric cooperative fears infrastructure challenges. (Energy News Network) 

• An Ohio bill that would subject wind projects to local votes is an “attack on landowner property rights,” a clean energy business group says. (Toledo Blade)
• South Dakota regulators approve a construction permit for a 155 MW wind project. (Daily Energy Insider)

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OHIO: FirstEnergy Solutions is optimistic that a law creating subsidies for nuclear and coal plants will be upheld, though opponents continue their referendum effort. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin ratepayers should expect to see refunds following a ruling by federal regulators that Midwestern utilities received excessive profits from transmission projects. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem proposes spending more than $700,000 to plug 40 orphaned natural gas wells in the state. (Rapid City Journal)

• Minnesota-based Cargill commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its entire supply chain 30% over the next decade. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A Minneapolis city council committee approves a resolution declaring a climate emergency and promoting further action to reduce the city’s carbon emissions. (WCCO)

• An Indiana agency and consumer advocacy group reach a settlement agreement with Indiana Michigan Power that will allow a $37 million solar project to move forward near South Bend. (South Bend Tribune)
• The developer of a 200 MW solar project in Ohio reaches a power purchase agreement with a corporate buyer, moving the project forward. (PV Magazine)
• Tariffs on imported solar cells and modules have led to the loss of more than 62,000 jobs and $19 billion in private investment, according to a national solar trade group. (Solar Power World)

POLICY: Michigan’s attorney general joins seven other AGs to warn federal regulators that proposed changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act would limit clean energy development in their states. (E&E News, subscription) 

• A Consumers Energy-funded nonprofit spent $12.9 million promoting preferred candidates in Michigan’s 2018 election year. (Detroit News)
• A public-private partnership to manage the University of Iowa’s utility system could create a $3 billion endowment over the next 50 years, school officials say. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz discusses how transportation is a key aspect of the state’s emission-reduction plan. (KEYC)

COMMENTARY: A U.S. Air Force veteran says Iowa’s wind energy industry is helping veterans transition to civilian life with “recession-proof careers.” (Sioux City Journal)

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