Iowa gas plant to retire 6 years ahead of schedule

EMISSIONS: A promising technology under development at Ohio State University converts fossil fuels into electricity without emitting carbon dioxide, which could be a breakthrough for “clean coal.” (Midwest Energy News)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin lawmakers fail to advance legislation that would have cleared the way for a controversial frac sand operation. (La Crosse Tribune)

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• An eastern Iowa power plant that was converted to natural gas in 2015 will close on June 1, six years ahead of schedule. (Clinton Herald)
• State officials will soon begin cleaning contaminants from a former oil refinery in western Michigan.

Iowa Republicans have backup plan for cutting energy efficiency programs

• Critics say federal and state regulators, as well as a government-owned utility, are not doing enough to address safety and environmental concerns at Illinois’ most productive coal mine. (Midwest Energy News)
• A public forum tonight in southeastern Wisconsin will discuss the potential health impacts of a nearby We Energies coal plant. (Racine Journal Times)

POLITICS: Michigan conservatives are actively supporting renewable energy, focusing on declining costs and opening the market to third-party developers. (Midwest Energy News)

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Indiana coal gasification project brings promise, skepticism

COAL: Demand for government coal reserves buried under Illinois family farms has never been greater in part because companies get better federal leases compared to other parts of the country. (Midwest Energy News)

• An experimental “clean coal” project in southern Indiana would use coal and natural gas to produce diesel fuel and a liquid mixture often used as a solvent. (Indianapolis Star)
• The project is met with skepticism by environmental groups who say the technology is too expensive. (Indianapolis Star)
• A We Energies official says coal dust from a Wisconsin coal plant does not pose a public health risk, but is simply a “nuisance.” (WUWM)
• Dayton Power and Light employees receive layoff notices ahead of the planned closure of two Ohio coal plants. (Maysville Ledger Independent)
• Keeping U.S. coal plants in operation depends on a mix of “economics, commodity pricing and regulations.” (Utility Dive)

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Minnesota regulators approve environmental review of Line 3 pipeline expansion

SOLAR: A proposed order would block customers of cooperative and municipally owned utilities in downstate Illinois from claiming state solar incentives. (Midwest Energy News)

• The University of Dayton plans a 1.26 -megawatt solar project on campus. (Dayton Business Journal)
• Plans for a solar project continue to stall at a 400-acre contaminated site in East St. Louis, Illinois. (Belleville News Democrat)

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