Midwest Energy News

Advocates push back against plans for $700 million gas plant in Wisconsin

OHIO: Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is being scrutinized by a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group over his ongoing opposition to wind energy and renewable portfolio standards. (Midwest Energy News)

SMART GRID: A report urges states to consider reforms that would give utilities more financial incentive to embrace cloud computing and other technology over traditional capital investments. (Midwest Energy News)

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• Ratepayer and clean energy advocates push back against plans for a $700 million, 525-megawatt natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin. (La Crosse Tribune)
• DTE Energy’s CEO explains why a nearly $1 billion gas plant is needed to replace coal-fired generation, and why the utility is against efforts for a 30 percent statewide renewable energy standard. (WPHM)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones expects the company’s power plant subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, to file for bankruptcy before April. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Supporters of repealing the Clean Power Plan are largely silent at a U.S. EPA listening session in Kansas City. (KCUR)

• Officials in a northeastern Illinois county postpone a vote on a solar project contract while it is reviewed by the state Attorney General’s Office. (Kendall County Record)
• An eastern Nebraska city pursues a second community solar project after “overflowing demand” for the first. (Fremont Tribune)

• The Iowa Senate passes a bill making it a felony to sabotage critical infrastructure such as oil pipelines, carrying with it a 25-year prison sentence. (Radio Iowa)
• A judge orders federal agencies to review documents related to the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline following accusations from environmental groups. (Associated Press)

WIND: Plans call for installing small-scale wind turbines along the Indiana Toll Road. (WNDU)

FRAC SAND: A company explains why it is appealing a judge’s ruling that upheld a frac sand mining ban in a Minnesota county. (Winona Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Advocates say electric vehicles can thrive in northern Minnesota. (Duluth News Tribune)

GRID: Ohio-based FirstEnergy plans to spend $10 billion on grid upgrades through 2021, which will likely increase rates. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• PowerForward, an initiative by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to study grid modernization, is meant to enhance residents’ “electricity experience,” PUCO Chairman Asim Haque says. (Columbus Business First)
• Based on the input at a listening session in Kansas City to repeal the Clean Power Plan, there appears to be no good reason for the Trump administration to do so, the Kansas City Star editorial board says.

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