Daily Digest

Rural Kansas missing out on tens of millions in revenue from wind projects

GRID: The executive director of the Illinois Commerce Commission discusses the goals of NextGrid, the state’s effort to plan for the energy market of the future. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND:
• Wind energy developers’ pursuit of favorable tax treatment in Kansas has resulted in tens of millions of dollars a year in additional revenue lost for the 24 rural counties with wind farms, as well as rural school districts. (Flatland/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting)
• The developers of a wind project in South Dakota seek a waiver from state regulators in order to speed up a review period. (Watertown Public Opinion)

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PIPELINES:
• A federal judge rules the Army Corps of Engineers and the Dakota Access pipeline developer must complete an oil spill response plan for a stretch of the pipeline beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Public feedback sessions begin in Michigan this week on the final draft of a study exploring alternatives to the Straits of Mackinac pipeline. (Port Huron Times Herald)

UTILITIES:
• Environmental groups appeal a decision by Ohio utility regulators that gives FirstEnergy a rate increase of more than $600 million over three years, which the groups have called a “bailout.” (Associated Press)
• Utility Dive
names Chris Crane, the CEO of Exelon, as its “Executive of the Year” for his efforts to secure financial supports for struggling nuclear plants.

COAL: Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray says a tax bill passed by the U.S. Senate “will cause even more coal companies to file for bankruptcy and more coal mining families to lose their jobs, health care and retirement security.” (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

SOLAR: A 1 MW solar array is expected to provide about 8 percent of a Nebraska town’s electricity needs. (Hastings Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Cincinnati, Ohio signs a deal to purchase renewable energy for nearly all of its city-owned facilities. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

FRACKING: Researchers at MIT say the U.S. Energy Department may be vastly overstating projected oil and gas production in the coming years. (Bloomberg)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota regulators look to sit down with the developer of a proposed oil refinery near a national park in the state following concerns that the company may be attempting to avoid regulatory scrutiny. (Forum News Service)
• Landowners in North Dakota are frustrated that an oilfield waste disposal well that was shut down five years ago still has equipment on the site. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The North Dakota Industrial Commission approves new rules requiring oil companies to provide more details about the deductions they take out of royalty payments to mineral owners. (Bismarck Tribune)

EMISSIONS: Crews are digging exploratory wells in central North Dakota to study the feasibility of storing carbon emissions underground there. (Bismarck Tribune)

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CLEAN ENERGY: The statewide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program in Minnesota is helping developers finance various clean energy projects. (Finance & Commerce)

COMMENTARY: An editorial says “one easy step” that can be taken in Minnesota to improve relations with Native Americans is to prevent the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. (Minnesota Daily)

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