Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin co-op to close coal plant next year

COAL: Analysts say DTE Energy runs coal plants even when electricity prices don’t cover their costs to operate, a practice known as self-scheduling that costs its customers tens of millions of dollars a year. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Dairyland Power Cooperative announces plans to close a 345 MW coal plant in western Wisconsin by the end of next year. (La Crosse Tribune)
• A company stops production at an Indiana coal facility, citing “weak market conditions.” (WTHI)
• The Indiana Republican behind a bill to stall coal plant closures says “we need coal to survive” as utilities transition to gas and renewables. (E&E News, subscription)

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PIPELINES: North Dakota regulators signal they will not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a plan to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Associated Press)

BIOGAS:
• Nebraska regulators revoke air and stormwater permits for a troubled biogas plant that officials say continually failed to comply with regulations. (Sioux City Journal)
• A planned manure digester in Wisconsin will still get $15 million in public funding despite estimates that it won’t produce as much renewable gas as originally planned. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR: Streamlined permitting has helped a Chicago suburb to see a 3,000% increase in residential and commercial solar installations. (Yale Climate Connections)

UTILITIES: Advocates say rural electric cooperatives can play a key role in “beneficial electrification” and transitioning home equipment to run on electricity rather than deliverable fuels. (MiBiz)

OIL & GAS:
The Trump administration proposes a $3.7 million settlement with the owner of an oil and gas well that was leaking air pollution near an Ohio Boy Scout camp. (E&E News, subscription)
• Well casing failures represent a significant but not widely discussed technical problem for the oil and gas industry. (DeSmog Blog)
• Columbia Gas plans to invest $33 million to upgrade more than 36 miles of natural gas lines in southeastern Ohio this year. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

COMMENTARY:
• The re-powering of a 20-year-old southwestern Minnesota wind project is a “prime example of a resilient and booming industry that shows no sign of a slowdown,” clean energy analysts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• Wisconsin can drive clean energy development with supportive policies that “accelerate progress, investment and job creation now,” says the executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (Madison Capital Times)
• The founder of a renewable energy supplier in Illinois says clean energy jobs would spike with stronger clean energy targets. (Daily Herald)

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