Midwest Energy News is one of five regional services published by the Energy News Network. Today’s edition was compiled by Andy Balaskovitz.
Editor’s note: Some readers in other regions were mistakenly sent this morning’s edition of Southeast Energy News. We apologize for the extra email.
SOLAR: La Crosse, Wisconsin finds a workaround to the state’s third-party owned solar uncertainty, partnering with Johnson Controls on an energy performance savings contract that includes on-site solar. (Energy News Network)
• The developer of a 350 MW North Dakota solar project hopes local revenue sharing payments can help overcome opposition to the project. (Inforum)
• Michigan’s two major utilities pursue land acquisitions ahead of a planned large-scale buildout of solar energy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A 4 MW MidAmerican Energy solar project is now online in western Iowa. (Sioux City Journal)
Advancing Renewables Conference
The 17th annual Advancing Renewables Conference will be held April 26-27 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Industry leaders will discuss current topics in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Join us at the forefront of renewable energy!
• Illinois’ public-private economic development arm launches a $1 million digital marketing campaign to lure major industries, including electric vehicle manufacturing, to the state. (Chicago Tribune)
• Honda opens a $124 million facility in Ohio to test and improve their electric vehicles’ aerodynamics. (Toledo Blade)
• The federal government and the Dakota Access pipeline developer misled the public, used substandard science and failed to cooperate with tribes while the project was built, according to a new report from an Indigenous nonprofit. (Grist)
• For Nebraska landowners who opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, plans from carbon dioxide pipeline developers represent a new challenge to their properties. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• U.S. nuclear power plant operators including Ameren still rely on Russia-linked nuclear fuel supply chains, though experts don’t anticipate major short-term supply disruptions amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• The Michigan and Ohio chapters of the American Nuclear Society call on state officials to allow a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant to continue operating beyond its planned closure next month. (Herald Palladium)
UTILITIES: Customer revenue from a FirstEnergy subsidiary in 2017 secretly flowed to a dark money nonprofit group supporting former President Trump’s energy agenda at the time, records show. (E&E News)
RENEWABLES: Dozens of local groups across the country rely on misinformation to raise doubts about renewable energy and slow or derail wind and solar projects. (NPR)
• A Michigan agency receives thousands of public comments on the state’s proposed climate action plan, many of which call for faster clean energy targets. (MLive)
• More than a dozen University of Michigan student groups call on school leadership to set a faster timetable for carbon neutrality. (MLive)
Midwest Energy Policy Series
Explore pressing energy infrastructure issues facing Missouri and the Midwest at the Midwest Energy Policy Series, April 19 in Kansas City or virtually. Join policy makers, businesses, advocates and regulators to broaden your perspectives through diverse, fact-based discussions.
OIL & GAS: A 4-year-old AES Indiana natural gas power plant that was out of service for more than a year is back online. (Indianapolis Business Journal)
TRANSMISSION: A federal regulator calls on grid operators to change the way interconnection queues are processed in order to speed up inter-regional transmission projects. (Utility Dive)