Midwest Energy News

Exelon official retires amid federal lobbying investigation

UTILITIES:
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)

SOLAR:
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)

BIOFUELS:
• 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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CLEAN ENERGY:
• 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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