Midwest Energy News

Ad campaign supporting nuclear, coal bailouts launches in Ohio

OHIO: A public records request reveals FirstEnergy Solutions is behind a tax argument being advanced by a law firm seeking to block a referendum on a recent bill granting subsidies to nuclear and coal plants. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A new group backing the nuclear and coal subsidies launches a $1 million advertising campaign attempting to thwart a referendum on the bill that the group claims is backed by the Chinese government. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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PIPELINES: Five tribes with fishing rights in the Straits of Mackinac say they are prepared to file suit against Enbridge if Line 5 is not decommissioned. (Detroit News)

TRANSMISSION: Wisconsin conservation groups plan to appeal a recent decision by state regulators approving a $500 million transmission project, claiming it could permanently damage the Driftless region. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago launches an Energy Rating System to rate and make public large buildings’ energy efficiency scores. (Utility Dive)

WIND:
• Wind power slated to come online in the Southwest Power Pool this year is concentrated in five states, including Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska. (S&P Global)
• Some Northern Illinois school districts see an influx of revenue from wind development. (La Salle News Tribune)

STORAGE: A western Michigan company receives a $200,000 federal grant to help commercialize utility-scale battery storage technology that’s low cost and can easily be scaled up. (MiBiz)

SOLAR: Local officials in Illinois raise questions about whether certain tax revenue could be collected from a Walmart distribution center if the company installs solar panels to generate its own power. (La Salle News Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Ratepayer advocates support a proposed settlement in Wisconsin that would reduce rate increases planned by We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• The private company managing Ohio State University’s energy infrastructure wants to build an energy-efficient heating and cooling plant as part of a $393 million capital improvement plan. (Columbus Business First)

POLITICS: Presidential candidates Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke — both from the oil-rich state of Texas — criticize President Trump’s use of biofuel waivers for small oil refiners but don’t mention a role for ethanol in their energy plans. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind development has been a boon for rural Michigan school districts where projects are located, local officials say. (Bridge Magazine)
• The leader of a Minnesota coalition looks to increase awareness around the business case for clean energy. (MinnPost)
• Environmental advocates highlight a recent study saying that doubling the amount of renewable energy in Midwestern and mid-Atlantic states could yield $20 billion in public health benefits. (Environmental Working Group)
• Recently announced coal plant closures in Illinois highlight the need to support communities impacted by the ongoing transition from fossil fuels, clean energy advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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