Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin counties ask court to block controversial transmission project

SOLAR: Clean energy advocates fear proposed changes to the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act could stifle solar development in Michigan. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
Two southeastern Michigan mayors join hundreds of local officials in the U.S. in calling for more solar power in communities. (MLive)
• A local historic commission in Evanston, Illinois, changes course and votes to approve solar shingles on a planned residential redevelopment. (Evanston Now)

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HYDROGEN: Experts see growing potential for hydrogen as a fuel source in the Midwest, particularly for industrial uses. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Two Wisconsin counties ask a court to block state regulators’ approval of a controversial high-voltage transmission project, calling it an “abuse of discretion.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

NUCLEAR:
A Minnesota nuclear plant is among multiple environmental concerns for the Prairie Island Indian Community. (MPR News)
• In response to a federal investigation into Exelon’s and ComEd’s lobbying activities, Illinois lawmakers introduce legislation to revoke ratepayer bailouts for two Exelon nuclear plants. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

PIPELINES:
• Revenue from the Nexus and Rover natural gas pipelines in Ohio for area schools, townships, parks, senior centers and other services is expected to be far less than promised. (Toledo Blade)
• Emails show a private security firm hired by Enbridge shared information about pipeline protesters’ activity in northern Michigan with local law enforcement. (Interlochen Public Radio)

COAL: An appeals court rules that federal regulators get a chance to weigh in before FirstEnergy Solutions is allowed to cancel its contract with two money-losing coal plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL & GAS: Harold Hamm, who played a major role in the development of North Dakota’s shale oil boom, will step down as CEO of Continental Resources at the end of the year. (Bismarck Tribune)

EMISSIONS: A Missouri lawmaker wants to remove another county from a vehicle emission testing program, citing “government burden.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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WIND: A local group in southeastern Nebraska wants to tighten county wind turbine regulations with higher setback distances and changing how noise levels are calculated. (Beatrice Daily Sun)

COMMENTARY: The CEO of an Ohio clean energy company says battery storage has strong potential in the state and the state’s congressional delegation should support tax credits for the industry. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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