Midwest Energy News

Exelon official retires amid federal lobbying investigation

Top Exelon official Anne Pramaggiore retires as the company receives federal subpoenas connected to its Illinois lobbying activities. (Chicago Sun Times)
• A U.S. bankruptcy judge says he will confirm FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy plan. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

NUCLEAR: An engineer at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago uses supercomputers to determine what advanced nuclear reactor designs might work. (Energy News Network)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: “We’re trading coal for diesel,” community activists say of a plan to redevelop a former Chicago-area coal plant as an e-commerce distribution hub. (Al Jazeera)

EFFICIENCY: The Ohio Supreme Court rules that state regulators didn’t have the authority to limit the amount FirstEnergy could recover from energy efficiency programs. (Columbus Dispatch)

NATURAL GAS: Billions of dollars are sought for Wisconsin customers as a natural gas price-fixing case stemming from the early 2000s heads to trial. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Utility Evergy plans to build a 9.6 MW solar project in south central Missouri. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Applications for residential solar installations are on the rise in a Chicago suburb as federal and state tax incentives are set to phase out. (Forest Park Review)
• A northern Indiana county receives a SolSmart designation for its solar-friendly policies. (Elkhart Truth)
• Cleanup begins at a former contaminated industrial site in northern Michigan that will host a community solar project. (9&10 News)

• Ethanol advocates say the Trump administration has reneged on its promise to boost biofuel demand with a proposal that allows more waivers for oil refineries. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota unite behind biofuels to support the agriculture sector amid an uncertain trade dispute. (MinnPost)

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• A growing number of colleges and universities seek help from the private sector to run their utilities and meet emission-reduction targets. (Utility Dive)
• Local officials and business advocates raise concerns about a planned ballot initiative in Columbus, Ohio, that would direct $57 million in city funds for clean energy projects. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: A South Dakota editorial board says farmers and biofuel plants need federal support to avoid a drastic downturn for the industry. (Rapid City Journal)

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