Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy has spent millions to influence policy in Ohio

OHIO: As state lawmakers consider subsidies for the FirstEnergy’s power plants, the company has spent millions of dollars on campaign contributions, lobbying, and public relations in Ohio since 2017. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO:
Ohio lawmakers begin considering the emissions benefits of maintaining uneconomic nuclear plants, acknowledging that a bailout for FirstEnergy’s plants is the “white elephant in the room.” (Columbus Dispatch)
• AARP Ohio tells lawmakers it strongly opposes any efforts to require electric ratepayers to subsidize uneconomic power plants. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer does not rule out the potential for an underground tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac as she reopens discussions with Enbridge. (Detroit News)

TRANSMISSION: Missouri lawmakers advance a bill that would prevent the developer of the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line from using eminent domain, which could jeopardize the project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COAL: Clean energy advocates oppose Illinois legislation that would boost solar-plus-storage but support the operation of several downstate coal plants for five years. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
DTE Energy is among several power producers to recently leave an industry trade group tied to the U.S. EPA air chief’s former law firm. (E&E News)
• Michigan regulators deny Consumers Energy’s request to waive the timeline for interconnecting new solar projects that qualify for power contracts under federal law. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A northeastern Nebraska city approves plans for the state’s largest community solar project. (Lincoln Journal Star)
Some rural mid-Michigan residents say they’re being targeted by national developers to use their land for solar projects. (Lansing State Journal)
• An Illinois county offers grants to communities considering solar projects on public parkland. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND: Local officials in northern Illinois approve plans to repower portions of a wind project built in 2010. (SaukValley.com)

CLIMATE:
• Environmental groups convene a meeting of state officials from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin in an effort to jump-start regional climate efforts. (E&E News, subscription)
• “It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to ignore:” Record flooding may be shifting attitudes about climate change in Nebraska. (Christian Science Monitor)

NUCLEAR: North Dakota lawmakers consider guidelines for the federal government’s potential effort to designate portions of the state for nuclear waste disposal. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Large and small grocers operating in Ohio embrace clean energy as a way to attract customers. (Dayton Daily News)

OIL & GAS: The North Dakota Senate remains opposed to a proposal to tap into an oil tax savings account to help offset income taxes. (Associated Press)

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