Ohio lawmakers rush to reconvene for nuclear vote

OVERSIGHT: Two appointments to the Michigan Public Service Commission this year give the three-member body a majority of members with clean energy expertise. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• Ohio House lawmakers could vote as early as today on a bill for nuclear subsidies, a week earlier than planned. (Toledo Blade)
• State officials canceled plans to send a state plane to pick up lawmakers in Chicago for the vote. (Columbus Dispatch)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ford Motor Co.

Advocates want Duke Energy to expedite Indiana coal plant closures

COAL: Clean energy advocates want Duke Energy to expedite the timetable for closing its Indiana coal plants. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Local officials in Springfield, Illinois, prepare a transition plan as they scale back production at the state’s only city-owned coal plant. (NPR Illinois)

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WIND:
• A Google-backed, 200 MW wind project in northwestern Iowa is bringing several local economic benefits, including 150 new construction jobs and eventually $1.5 million in annual property tax revenue. (Sioux City Journal)
• DTE Energy plans to buy three wind farms in Michigan to help meet the utility’s renewable energy goals.

Ohio governor says he will sign nuclear bailout bill

NUCLEAR: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine endorses a bill passed by the Ohio Senate this week to subsidize two nuclear plants. (Toledo Blade)

COAL: The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign secures a 2028 closure date for 1,300 MW of capacity at an Indiana coal plant. (S&P Global)

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PIPELINES:
• North Dakota sues the federal government to recover $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

One vote left as Ohio Senate passes nuclear bailout

RENEWABLES: The state agency responsible for procuring power for Illinois utilities says the state is falling short of meeting renewable energy targets with existing funding and incentives. (Energy News Network)

OHIO:
• The state Senate passes its version of a bill to subsidize two FirstEnergy nuclear plants while scaling back clean energy programs. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The state House is expected to take up the revisions on Aug. 1 due to the absence Wednesday of four key “yes” votes. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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