• Illinois-based Exelon agrees to buy an upstate New York nuclear plant for $110 million after state officials agreed to subsidize it and other plants there. (The Hill)
• Local officials in Illinois encourage state lawmakers to follow the lead of New York in designing a plan to save struggling nuclear plants. (Quad-City Times)

RENEWABLES: A new report ranks four Midwest states among the top in the nation with the greatest potential for corporate access to renewable energy coupled with various policy changes. (Midwest Energy News)

***SPONSORED LINK: EnergyStorage Global Innovation Forum, September 12-13 in Chicago brings together top experts from ComEd, Oncor, PowerStream, PJM, Midwest ISO, ARPA-E, Argonne National Lab and many others to examine grid-level and behind-the-meter storage business models, technology innovations and opportunities. Visit ***

GRID: Michigan officials ask grid operator MISO to study how the closure of two nuclear plants in the state would affect reliability in the near future. (Associated Press)

• A federal appeals court in Chicago upholds the Obama administration’s use of a “social cost of carbon” in its analysis of standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. (Greenwire)
• Officials in mid-Ohio want to do a countywide energy audit to develop a baseline for energy use and make it easier to retrofit commercial and industrial properties. (Columbus Business First)

SOLAR: A private electric cooperative in Wisconsin is developing projects that will boost the state’s overall solar capacity. (Yale Climate Connections)

PIPELINES: Another lawsuit is filed by Iowa landowners seeking to stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline based on eminent domain claims. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

WIND: A 200-megawatt wind project comes online in Minnesota. (reNews)

HYDRO: A new federal report says hydroelectric generation is poised for major growth by 2050 if developers can overcome environmental challenges and take advantage of wind and solar growth. (Utility Dive)

• Kansas regulators place more restrictions on the areas and amount of saltwater that can be used for oil and gas drilling in south-central Kansas. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• For the first time in roughly a decade, the U.S. had a net withdrawal of natural gas storage last week. (Utility Dive)
• A North Dakota oil patch town orders temporary housing camps for oil workers to close by September 1. (Forum News Service)
• Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs an executive order meant to improve response times to oil- and gas-related emergencies. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: The American Petroleum Institute is planning a major advertising campaign in several Midwest states for reforming the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. (Washington Examiner)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators will determine whether the proposed Westar/Great Plains Energy merger promotes the “public interest.” (Topeka Capital-Journal)

• An Iowa company says it is laying off employees and ceasing manufacturing operations related to coal mining because of federal regulations. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A top federal regulator says states should force coal companies to set aside collateral to pay for future mine cleanups in order to protect taxpayers. (Reuters)
• The Obama administration takes a more optimistic view of the future, saying “ex-miners can repair the damaged land [from mining] and shape a post-coal economy.” (Reuters)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 15th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainability Fair will be held Aug. 20-21at the Ogle County Fairgrounds in Oregon, Illinois. Events include speakers, exhibits, children’s activities, music, food, and more.***

• Construction begins on a new $54 million transmission line through South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• A delegation from China visits Xcel Energy workers in Minnesota to learn transmission line maintenance. (WCCO-TV)

REGULATION: In the coming months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the first time will be headed by three members – instead of five – all of whom are Democrats. (EnergyWire)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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