Midwest Energy News

Coal ash cleanup bill heads to Illinois governor

CLEAN ENERGY: Detroit officials seek to increase access to clean energy for low-income and communities of color but face a legacy of inequality. (Energy News Network)

• Ohio House lawmakers are expected to pass a bill today providing subsidies for two nuclear plants and two coal plants. (Dayton Daily News)
• Anti-wind activists rally at the Ohio Statehouse today in support of the bill, which includes an amendment to make it easier to hold a local referendum on wind projects. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)

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• An Illinois bill to ensure the safe closure of coal ash storage sites heads to the governor. (Springfield State Journal-Register)
• The stranded costs from a Wisconsin coal plant that closed early aren’t unique and pose a challenge for utilities and customers. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy’s plan to generate power from carbon-free sources by 2050 will dramatically shift how Minnesota gets electricity. (MPR News)

• Critics say We Energies is attempting to limit competition for solar projects through higher fees on customers and blocking out third-party developers. (Shepherd Express)
• Local officials in southwestern Michigan approve a 25-year power purchase agreement from a planned solar project. (Sturgis Journal)

NUCLEAR: The declining use of nuclear power may increase reliance on fossil fuels, according to an International Energy Agency study. (The Hill)

BIOFUELS: A northeastern Nebraska city explores purchasing an idled biofuel plant that has faced odor complaints and environmental violations. (Sioux City Journal)

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• NextEra Energy plans to move a proposed 70-turbine wind project closer to another site under construction in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Wind power is set to surpass coal as the No. 1 source of electricity in North Dakota. (KXNet)

COMMENTARY: An activist who testified in support of a bill providing subsidies for FirstEnergy power plants did not disclose that he formerly worked for the utility, according to a watchdog group. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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