Midwest Energy News

Closing three nuclear plants would not destabilize grid, PJM says

SOLAR: A newcomer to the Minnesota solar industry sees big potential to sign up more residential customers for community solar garden subscriptions. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: Grid operator PJM says closing FirstEnergy Solutions’ three nuclear plants would not destabilize the regional grid. The organization will also look into “fuel security” as new gas plants come online. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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UTILITIES:
• Residents in a northeastern Iowa city vote today on whether to explore creating a municipal utility. (Radio Iowa)
• Michigan utilities weigh the cost of renewable energy with natural gas as they replace coal. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

WIND:
• New projects in Ohio and Illinois will allow General Motors to power 20 percent of its operations with renewable energy. (Michigan Radio)
• The Ohio Power Siting Board in July will hold a second public hearing on plans for a six-turbine offshore wind project in Lake Erie. (North American Windpower)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• New renewable energy rules and changes to Illinois’ energy efficiency program will benefit ratepayers, advocates say. (Utility Dive)
• A bipartisan package of bills will be introduced in Michigan today lifting regulatory barriers on clean energy producers. (UPMatters.com)

OIL AND GAS:
• A reporter discusses her book on the oil and gas boom in North Dakota, where she spent a year interviewing people affected by the industry. (Winona Daily News)
• North Dakota’s oil and gas tax revenues are nearly 23 percent above expected levels through April due to strong production and prices. (Forum News Service)
• Two North Dakota oil refineries will have new ownership following the $23 billion merger of Marathon and Andeavor. (Bismarck Tribune)

POLICY: Ohio lawmaker Bill Seitz is among opponents of American Legislative Exchange Council model policy to block subsidies for alternative fuel vehicles. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Indiana officials defend a recent permit for a 3,500-acre expansion of a surface coal mine. (Platts)

TRANSMISSION: Crews finish capping and sealing underwater transmission cables that were recently severed by an anchor strike in the Straits of Mackinac. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Despite a “disheartening” decision to approve DTE Energy’s 1,100 MW natural gas plant near Detroit, advocates are optimistic that Michigan is heading down a clean energy path. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Correction: Monday’s digest contained an incorrect link for coverage of the city of Minneapolis’ renewable energy goals. Read about them here.

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