Midwest Energy News

Work to begin this month on unique wind/solar project in Minnesota

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators approve a new rate structure for Westar Energy that will impose a new demand charge on customers with their own generation. (Energy News Network)

• A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Ohio approves a settlement between FirstEnergy and its bankrupt generation subsidiary. (Utility Dive)
• A Michigan utility says it will cut methane emissions from its natural gas operations 80 percent by 2040. (news release)
• An Ohio utility announces plans to pass along $607 million in federal tax cuts to ratepayers. (Columbus Business First)

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RENEWABLES: Developers will begin work this month on a unique combined wind and solar project in Minnesota. (Detroit Lakes Online, Energy News Network archive)

• “Solar Warrior” Henry Red Cloud continues to expand renewable energy on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation despite numerous obstacles. (U.S. News and World Report)
• Consumers Energy may revive plans for a 125 MW solar project at a Michigan wastewater plant. (MLive)
• An Illinois construction company creates a new solar division. (Journal Standard)
• Local officials advance plans for solar projects in northern and central Illinois. (Northwest Herald, Times-Republic)
• A Wisconsin cheese plant is adding a solar array that will offset 15 percent of its electricity use. (Ag Professional)

POLICY: Michigan’s state Senate will take up a bill that would clarify whether residential energy systems can be taxed. (MLive)

GRID: A Nebraska city is seeking a $490,000 state grant to finance a battery storage demonstration project at a community solar array. (Norfolk Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consumers Energy plans to buy or lease electric vehicles to replace more than 100 sedans used by its employees. (Daily Energy Insider)

BIOFUEL: Nebraska plans to experiment with a 30 percent ethanol blend in some state vehicles. (Nebraska Radio Network)

• A second natural gas processing plant is proposed for North Dakota’s Bakken region. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A North Dakota commission adopts a study of the Missouri River that could impact mineral rights ownership. (Bismarck Tribune)

FRAC SAND: An Ohio frac sand firm is idling four Midwest mining sites due to low demand. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe approves a resolution to support protests against three pipeline projects. (Associated Press)

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COAL ASH: Advocates more still needs to be done to protect the Vermilion River in Illinois from nearby coal ash pits. (Daily Illini)

POLITICS: A group backed by Ohio coal executive Bob Murray is trying to block natural gas plants in West Virginia. (ProPublica/Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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