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)

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)

• 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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