Midwest Energy News

Coal giant Murray Energy files for bankruptcy

COAL: Murray Energy becomes the fifth major U.S. coal company to declare bankruptcy this year as cheap natural gas and renewables cut into coal’s market share. (Columbus Dispatch)

ALSO: Murray’s bankruptcy filing comes amid heightened financial challenges for the U.S. coal industry. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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RENEWABLES: More wind and solar will mean less lung and heart disease, and no region stands to benefit more than the Midwest, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. (Energy News Network)

POLICY: A coalition of Illinois clean energy and consumer advocacy groups votes to no longer negotiate with utilities on the Clean Energy Jobs Act as Exelon and ComEd face a grand jury probe over lobbying activities. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

TRANSMISSION:  Federal officials grant preliminary approval for a controversial power line to pass through a southwestern Wisconsin wildlife refuge. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OHIO: On the heels of an attempted referendum on power plant subsidies in Ohio, state Republican lawmakers propose a constitutional amendment barring foreign ownership of energy infrastructure. (Toledo Blade)

EMISSIONS:
General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler split with other automakers by siding with the Trump administration over California’s fuel economy standards. (New York Times)
• Missouri officials propose exempting two St. Louis-area counties from a vehicle emission inspection program. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SOLAR: An eastern Minnesota city looks to save $1 million on electricity costs over 25 years with a new solar installation. (WKBT)

POWER PLANTS:
• Local officials consider next steps for a central Minnesota power plant as it’s no longer needed for district heating after next year. (West Central Tribune)
• Supporters of a proposed natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, say it would bring construction jobs and steady local revenue while opponents say renewable energy is a better option. (KBJR)

UTILITIES: DTE Energy says of its subsidiary’s plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050: “We are fully committed to dramatically reduce carbon emissions.” (S&P Global)

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PIPELINES: The Yes Men admit to organizing a fake news conference for an Indigenous-backed pipeline route that would cut through golf courses, cemeteries and neighborhoods in Duluth, Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY: South Dakota communities stand to benefit from wind energy development as prices continue to decline, says the Center for Rural Affairs. (Pierre Capital Journal)

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