Illinois researchers eye micronuclear reactors to heat campus buildings

OHIO:  Repealing Ohio’s power plant bailout would save ratepayers money and provide environmental benefits if clean energy standards are reinstated, repeal supporters say. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)

ALSO: A pair of shareholder lawsuits are filed in federal court claiming FirstEnergy leadership didn’t disclose the company’s role in the alleged bribery scheme surrounding the bailout law. (Bloomberg Law, subscription)

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Ohio lawmakers disagree over how to repeal power plant bailout law

OHIO: Democratic lawmakers push for a swift repeal of Ohio’s power plant bailout law, while Republican leaders say they want to avoid being “hasty and reckless.” (WOSU)

ALSO: State Rep. Larry Householder returns to the state House chamber for the first time since being charged with overseeing a bribery scandal involving the power plant bailout law, saying he will plead not guilty and that the law is “good legislation.” (Cleveland.com)

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SOLAR:
• Consumers Energy says advocates seeking higher compensation for Michigan customers who send excess solar power back to the grid are after a “sweetheart deal.” (MLive)
• DTE Energy seeks to build 420 MW of new solar capacity in the next two years to support demand for its voluntary renewable energy program. (MiBiz)
• County officials in northeastern Ohio sign a letter of intent to consider offsetting future power use with solar contracts.

Ohio lawmakers start process to repeal power plant bailout law

OHIO: Ohio lawmakers begin the process of repealing HB 6, the power plant bailout law at the center of the state’s bribery scandal. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO:
• A survey of 600 likely voters in Ohio last month showed that nearly two-thirds supported repealing HB 6. (Mahoning Matters)
• The financing for large-scale solar projects that was also included in HB 6 appears to be in flux if the law is repealed. (Cleveland.com)
• The scandal unfolding in Ohio will likely draw more scrutiny of utilities’ contributions to “dark money” advocacy groups, experts say. (S&P Global)

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Wisconsin regulators consider requiring utility EV pilot programs

NUCLEAR: A new report warns that Midwestern nuclear plants are at risk of climate-related stresses, which could harm states’ ability to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Support is growing among some Ohio lawmakers to preserve a law that supports financially struggling nuclear power plants. (Fremont News Messenger)

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Exelon says it will close two Illinois nuclear plants 

NUCLEAR: Exelon plans to close two Illinois nuclear plants next year unless the company receives state funding support, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker called a “threat” that would “need to be backed up by a thorough and transparent review of their finances.” (WBEZ)

ALSO: Exelon officials say the announcement is unrelated to Pritzker’s recently unveiled energy plan that includes utility accountability measures. (Southern Illinoisan)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Researchers across the Midwest are developing cleaner aviation fuels that aim to significantly reduce the industry’s emissions.