Midwest Energy News

Energy Department unlikely to declare emergency to save FirstEnergy plants

OIL AND GAS: For the third year in a row, Michigan officials ask for $4 million in public funding to support an oil and gas oversight program that critics call an ongoing industry subsidy. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: Energy Secretary Rick Perry indicates he is unlikely to declare an emergency to keep FirstEnergy’s struggling coal and nuclear plants running. (RTO Insider)

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COAL:
• The potential buyer of Dynegy’s downstate Illinois coal plants may seek to close them even as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration continues to support pollution control rules that could help keep them open. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Ohio regulators approve the state’s first coal-mining permit of 2018 at a 1,500-acre site in Belmont County. (Platts)

GRID: Two Wisconsin lawmakers want state regulators to closely scrutinize the need for a new high-voltage transmission line between Dubuque, Iowa, and Madison. (La Crosse Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A Michigan manufacturer of polycrystalline silicon, a key component of solar panels, has yet to fully recover from 2012 tariffs placed on Chinese solar companies. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A solar developer seeks interest from landowners in northeastern Michigan in potentially leasing land for a solar project. (Arenac County Independent)

CLIMATE: Eau Claire, a former factory town in northwestern Wisconsin, adopts ambitious renewable energy and climate change goals despite a lack of action at the state level. (Next City)

TRANSPORTATION: Automotive researchers in Michigan look to maximize the environmental benefits of electric and autonomous vehicles. (Model D Media)

BIOFUELS: Republican senators ask President Trump to temporarily halt the use of biofuel policy waivers for small oil refineries, claiming they undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: Protesters gather on Enbridge property in northern Minnesota to oppose the company’s Line 3 expansion project. (KSTP)

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ILLINOIS: Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks a judge to remove a New York power supplier from Illinois over alleged deceptive marketing tactics to obtain new customers. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

COMMENTARY:
• A college student in St. Paul, Minnesota, says residents should support youth activists who are fighting Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion project. (MinnPost)
• Clean energy groups says Illinois regulators’ approval of long-term renewable energy plans will be a “boon to Illinois’ economy and job market.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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