Trump administration says U.S. poised to become net exporter of energy

OIL AND GAS: With exports of oil and natural gas surging, the Trump administration says the U.S. is on the verge of becoming a net exporter of energy. (Associated Press)

• The U.S. EPA and Colorado regulators are seeking fines of up to $100,000 a day against an oil and gas company for failing to control air pollution at dozens of oil tank sites. (Associated Press)
• Scientists think they know what happened to the oil plume from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (
• An application for the first hydraulic fracturing permit in Illinois is reviving a debate where the practice was first approved four years ago. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

• Renewable energy companies operating in western states are managing wind energy to provide “firm power” amid the debate over renewables and grid reliability.

Fracking debate revived in Illinois as first company seeks drilling permit

• Kansas’ largest utility wants state regulators to approve new demand fees for its distributed generation customers, though advocates say there are too few solar customers at this point making an impact on utility revenue. (Midwest Energy News)
• Residents in an Ohio town say local officials’ plans to buy solar energy from those who generate it on their property would be too restrictive. (Hamilton Journal-News)

EFFICIENCY: Kansas regulators have rejected the first utility energy efficiency incentive program proposed in the state since a new efficiency law took effect in 2014. (Midwest Energy News)

• Falling prices are leading to a spike in wind energy development in North Dakota. (Forum News Service)
• A City Council in Ohio approves a resolution in support of plans for an offshore wind project near Cleveland.

Solar trade dispute could erase two-thirds of expected installations through 2022

RENEWABLES: Republican governors nationwide are embracing renewable energy from an economic development perspective. (E&E News)

• A lawsuit seeking to block a 21.9-megawatt solar project at a New Jersey theme park because it would remove nearly 15,000 trees is dismissed. (Associated Press)
• If successful, Suniva’s trade dispute would cause “unprecedented demand destruction” and erase two-thirds of expected installations expected to come online through 2022. (Greentech Media)
• Nonprofit institutions across Wisconsin are taking advantage of third-party financing to help pay for solar energy installations, despite the lack of a clear statewide policy on the issue. (Midwest Energy News)

STORAGE: New York lawmakers unanimously pass a measure requiring state regulators to set targets for increasing energy storage through 2030.

Midwest governors among GOP leaders nationwide embracing renewable energy

SOLAR: Nonprofit institutions across Wisconsin are taking advantage of third-party financing to help pay for solar energy installations, despite the lack of a clear statewide policy on the issue. (Midwest Energy News)

• A southern Michigan community moves forward with plans for a solar project near the site of a former foundry. (WTVB)
• A $2 million estate for sale in western Michigan is equipped with a solar installation that supplies most of the home’s electric needs. (MLive)

RENEWABLES: Republican Midwest governors are among GOP leaders nationwide that are embracing renewable energy from an economic development perspective. (E&E News)

MINNESOTA: With targeted investment in companies and policies focused on improving energy efficiency, Minnesota’s energy sector could grow to support 26,000 jobs a year, according to a new report.

Grid official says reliability would not be a problem if two Ohio nuclear plants close

GRID: Invenergy offers a look inside its control center in downtown Chicago, where the clean-energy company controls its fleet of wind turbines, natural gas generators and energy-storage systems across North America. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: A company tells officials in an eastern Michigan county — known as the state’s “wind capital” — that it wants to develop as many as 15 20-acre solar projects there. (Huron Daily Tribune)

• An official with grid operator PJM says there would not be a reliability problem if two Ohio nuclear plants are are forced to close without financial support. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• Dominion Energy employees successfully complete the transfer of used nuclear fuel into a dry fuel storage facility at a Wisconsin nuclear plant. (Electric Light & Power)

• A host of problems associated with the Rover natural gas pipeline could delay the project’s planned Nov. 1 completion.

Judge allows oil to keep flowing through Dakota Access during review

• Two weeks before two highly anticipated studies about the future of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline were to be published, the state of Michigan terminates an agreement with one of the contractors, citing a conflict of interest with an employee. (Midwest Energy News)
• A judge allows oil to keep flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline this summer while further environmental review is conducted. (Reuters)

GRID: A new report by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation says the power grid is remaining reliable and resilient amid the growth of variable, distributed generation. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: As wind energy deployment grows in the Great Plains, opponents raise questions about its reliability, though experts say there isn’t cause for concern. (NPR)

NUCLEAR: A Michigan utility is among several in the U.S. with a construction and operating license for a new nuclear reactor that “creates an option down the road.” (Utility Dive)

COAL: Ohio coal CEO Robert Murray files a defamation lawsuit against TV host John Oliver over a segment critical of Murray and the coal industry.

Ohio plan to subsidize aging coal plants ‘might not pass at all’

• A statewide budget bill advancing in Ohio includes an amendment that critics say is another attempt at a “bailout” for the state’s utilities, and another that would ease wind turbine setbacks. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Senate committee also rejects a request by Cuyahoga County to extend a power purchase agreement for wind and solar projects by 10 years. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COAL: Uncertainty grows as a plan to subsidize two coal plants in Ohio and Indiana are no longer on a fast track and “might not pass at all.” (Columbus Dispatch)

UTILITIES: An effort is underway in a small Iowa city to create its own municipal utility, in part so the area can have more control over its access to renewable energy. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES: The federal judge in a lawsuit over the Dakota Access pipeline says President Trump will not be added as a defendant in the case. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Some Midwest states rank high nationally for total carbon dioxide emissions as well as average CO2 emission rates.

Wisconsin groups challenge frac sand permits that would fill wetlands

• As Ohio lawmakers consider subsidies for two uneconomic coal plants, a new report shows market forces — especially lower prices from shale gas development — are behind the general decline of coal plants’ competitiveness. (Midwest Energy News)
• New U.S. Energy Information figures show coal is still the dominant generation fuel in the Midwest. (Utility Dive)

FRAC SAND: Environmental groups are challenging a decision last month by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to grant permits for a frac sand mining operation that would fill 16.25 acres of wetlands. (LaCrosse Tribune)

• A Minnesota utility announces plans to plant pollinator habitat at an upcoming solar installation and at local substations. (Northfield News)
• A Minnesota couple’s efforts to promote pollinator-friendly solar gardens are receiving national attention.

Entrepreneur launches successful solar company in Missouri

REGULATION: Advocates say new regulatory changes in Michigan will pave the way for more distributed generation owned by independent producers. (Midwest Energy News)

• A recent report finds utilities based in Minnesota and Illinois are among the most energy efficient in the country despite relatively low electricity prices. (Midwest Energy News)
• South Dakota regulators approve plans by Xcel Energy to increase rates for energy efficiency projects. (Rapid City Journal)

SOLAR: A Missouri resident launches a successful solar installation company despite political opposition. (St.