Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy says Davis-Besse nuclear plant headed for early closure

PLUG: Midwest Energy News reporter Andy Balaskovitz will be a guest on Science Friday on NPR today discussing offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes. The episode airs at 1 p.m. central and can be accessed online.

OIL AND GAS: Critics point to a conflict of interest if a proposed $1 billion natural gas plant by DTE Energy in southeast Michigan becomes a customer of a pipeline co-owned by an affiliated company. (Midwest Energy News)

• Ohio gubernatorial candidate and former congressman Dennis Kucinich calls for an end to oil and gas drilling in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A $150 million natural gas processing plant is planned for western North Dakota to help capture the record amount of gas coming as a byproduct of the state’s oil production. (Associated Press)

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GREEN JOBS: A consortium of Illinois community colleges wants state utility leaders and regulators to prioritize accredited programs when doling out money from a state energy jobs training fund. (Midwest Energy News)

• FirstEnergy appeals again to Ohio lawmakers seeking financial support for its nuclear power plants, though it appears to lack support. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The company also confirms its Davis-Besse plant is headed for premature closure, while the prospects for its other nuclear and coal plants is bleak, too. (Toledo Blade)

• TransCanada says a route change for the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska is not a major issue, though it has not made a final investment decision. (Reuters)
• Dakota Access pipeline protests spur legislation in Iowa to impose harsh punishments for criminal acts against pipelines and other infrastructure. (Des Moines Register)

• A 36-megawatt wind project in southern Minnesota faces possible site permit violations as nearby residents file complaints over noise issues. (Fairmont Sentinel)
• Wind energy will surpass hydroelectric in the next two years as the country’s leading source of renewable generation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. EPA is withdrawing the “once-in always-in” Clean Air Act provision that requires major emitters like power plants to always be treated as a major source of emissions. (Reuters)

• A Minnesota researcher discusses the “new solar landscape” after President Trump imposed 30 percent tariffs on imported panels. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A western Illinois town sells 17 acres of land to a developer for a solar garden. (Tri-States Public Radio)

COAL: Industry groups in Illinois say the Trump administration has brought a “regulatory reset” to the state’s coal sector. (Southern Illinoisan)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Minneapolis rental company will have Teslas available at the Mall of America to rent or test drive leading up to the Super Bowl. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: Placing tariffs on imported products is a protectionist policy that has been shown to harm U.S. consumers, a Chicago Tribune columnist says, and it will likely harm the U.S. solar industry.

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