Midwest Energy News

Changes expected to Ohio nuclear bill amid criticism

OHIO: Ohio House Democrats plan to hold their own review of controversial legislation to subsidize FirstEnergy nuclear plants, saying the issue needs an “honest conversation.” (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Renewable energy developers testify that the bill is a Trojan horse that will steer wind and solar investments elsewhere. (E&E News, subscription)
• Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder expects changes to the bill before it passes the House in mid-May. (Columbus Dispatch)

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NUCLEAR:
• Finding sites to store nuclear waste is becoming more difficult as lawmakers fail to reach agreement over a long-term storage plan. (NPR)
• Nuclear power gets a boost from some Democratic presidential candidates who say the power source can be effective in fighting climate change. (USA Today)

SOLAR:
• Two national developers claim Consumers Energy is blocking Michigan solar projects in violation of state and federal rules. (Energy News Network)
• A bill to increase fees on rooftop solar customers in Iowa fails to pass the legislature. (Iowa Public Radio)
• A solar project under construction in southeastern Minnesota will offset 20% of the host city’s energy needs. (Fillmore County Journal)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan’s attorney general vows to shut down the Line 5 pipeline if talks between Enbridge and the Whitmer administration are unsuccessful. (Associated Press)
• A South Dakota sheriff seeks to be dismissed from a lawsuit that challenges new state laws targeting anti-pipeline protesters. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Iowa regulators allow retailers to sell power by the kilowatt-hour for electric vehicle charging. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY: Two top energy officials in Michigan say the clean energy industry needs an increased focus on diversity and inclusion amid job growth. (MiBiz)

OIL & GAS:
• A company plans to expand a North Dakota natural gas processing plant amid statewide efforts to reduce flaring. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Natural gas generation is set to overtake coal in the MISO service territory, analysts say. (Platts)

TRANSMISSION: Several clean energy groups file testimony in Wisconsin in support of a proposed $500 million transmission line. (Solar Industry Magazine)

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STORAGE: Wisconsin-based power generator manufacturer Generac enters the energy storage market with the acquisition of a Maine company. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Clean energy advocates say a controversial working paper from University of Chicago economists discounts several benefits of renewable energy standards. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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