Regulators approve major utility merger in Kansas, Missouri

WIND: A Canadian company’s plan to aggressively shift a Missouri utility to clean energy faces opposition from state officials. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES:
• Kansas regulators approve a merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy, forming a company with $14 billion in equity that serves 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. (Lawrence Journal-World)
• DTE Energy will soon market the site of a former power plant near downtown Detroit for redevelopment. (Detroit Free Press)

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FRAC SAND:
• The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources considers whether to honor a judge’s decision invalidating a proposed frac sand project.

Critics claim Enbridge effort to fix Line 5 avoids state scrutiny

PIPELINES: Legal challenges claim Michigan’s environmental agency didn’t appropriately evaluate alternatives when it approved additional anchor supports for Line 5. (MLive)

NUCLEAR: Grid operator PJM loses more than a quarter of nuclear generation in its latest capacity auction. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR:
• Minnesota regulators consider an incentive payment to ease the transition into lower rates of return expected for community solar customers. (Midwest Energy News)
• County officials in western Illinois approve plans for a pair of solar projects owned by Geronimo Energy.

Petition: FirstEnergy subsidiary short on nuclear retirement funds

NUCLEAR: An environmental law group says FirstEnergy’s subsidiaries have not set aside enough decommissioning funds to pay for the shutdown and cleanup of four reactors. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLEAN ENERGY: An Ohio construction firm that started out building coal and nuclear plants sees steady growth by emphasizing solar and energy efficiency projects. (Midwest Energy News)

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FRAC SAND: Wisconsin authorities are assessing environmental damage from 10 million gallons of sludge that were released from a frac sand mining settling pond to rescue a worker. (La Crosse Tribune)

COAL: Long-time coal-plant workers in southwestern Ohio are forced to decide whether to leave their communities as plants close.

Minnesota bill approving Xcel nuclear investments fails as session ends

UTILITIES: The Illinois Attorney General’s Office opposes a proposal by state regulators that would allow utilities to recover costs from investments in cloud computing. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• Legislation that would have given Xcel Energy upfront approval for nuclear investments dies in the Minnesota House. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Illinois congressman proposes a 30 percent tax credit through 2021 for investments in existing nuclear plants. (Illinois Radio Network)

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WIND:
• Ameren will move forward with a 175-turbine, 400 MW wind project in northeastern Missouri, which would be the state’s largest.

Michigan renewable campaign ends after utilities agree to targets

RENEWABLES:
• A ballot initiative requiring Michigan utilities to reach 30 percent renewable energy by 2030 is abandoned after DTE Energy and Consumers Energy agree to long-term clean energy goals. (Detroit News)
• Environmental activist Tom Steyer says the agreement that includes 25 percent renewable energy by 2030 sends a “gigantic statement” to the Trump administration. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• The Ohio Senate could vote on a bill soon that scales back the amount of renewable energy required for utilities. (Toledo Blade)

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