Midwest Energy News

Cleveland to investigate whether city utility was harmed in bailout scheme

OHIO: Cleveland’s city council plans to investigate whether any of the players involved in a recent power plant bailout scheme also sought to “destabilize” the city’s municipal utility. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO:
• FirstEnergy’s alleged involvement in the bailout bribery scheme is the third major scandal the utility has faced over the past 20 years. (E&E News, subscription)
• FirstEnergy requests more time to file a quarterly financial report, citing delays from a federal investigation and a growing number of lawsuits. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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EFFICIENCY: A retired utility engineer is helping Nebraska nonprofits reduce their electric bills by shaving peak electricity usage. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge won’t seek to condemn private property to relocate the Line 5 pipeline through northern Wisconsin after reaching agreements with roughly 300 landowners. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• A report from a retired engineer finds the partial closure of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac has not resulted in a spike in gasoline prices as Enbridge has warned, though the company disputes the study’s findings. (Michigan Advance)

EMISSIONS: The Trump administration this week is expected to lift Obama-era restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas wells. (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: North Dakota officials finalize regulations for disposing and storing nuclear waste in the state, which one lawmaker says will likely discourage the practice. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• South Dakota regulators will hold public hearings in December on a planned 128 MW solar project. (KELO)
• An Iowa community college expects to save $950,000 a year on electricity costs after a solar installation is completed. (KIMT)

UTILITIES: The mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, asks state regulators to extend a moratorium on utility disconnections until spring 2021. (WMTV)

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WIND: Developers are in the early stages of planning a large-scale wind project in mid-Michigan that could span up to 11 townships. (Greenville Daily News)

BIOFUELS: A South Dakota congressman introduces a bill that would require the U.S. EPA to update its modeling on ethanol and biodiesel greenhouse gas emissions in a way that would be favorable to the industry. (E&E News, subscription)

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