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FirstEnergy says it can wait longer on nuclear subsidy decision

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CLIMATE: Five months after a new clean-energy majority took control of its board of directors, the staff of Omaha’s public utility moves forward with developing a climate action plan. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: After previously issuing a June 30 deadline, FirstEnergy says it can wait a little longer for a decision from Ohio lawmakers over whether to subsidize two of its nuclear plants. (Toledo Blade)

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UTILITIES:
• Xcel Energy says it will need more dispatchable power sources – such as storage or peaker plants – by the 2030s in order to meet demand during power surges. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Indiana environmental groups raise concerns about Vectren’s bidding process for renewable energy projects. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• A public hearing later this month will focus on Indiana Michigan Power’s proposed rate increase to cover advanced meters, electric vehicle incentives, power plant decommissioning and grid improvements. (WPTA)

CLEAN ENERGY: The growing number of clean energy degree programs at Ohio universities suggests students remain optimistic about the sector. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Environmental groups ask a federal judge to cancel U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approvals for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: The public comment period for a controversial transmission project in Wisconsin is extended after a computer glitch prevented some from being filed. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CLEAN TECH: A planned “smart energy” district in Jackson, Michigan, gives Consumers Energy an opportunity to develop emerging clean energy technology. See here for background on the project. (Yale Climate Connections, Energy News Network archives)

OVERSIGHT: In a report responding to this winter’s polar vortex, Michigan regulators say the state’s energy supply and delivery system is adequate, but additional safety measures should be taken to prepare for extreme weather. (Detroit News)

BIOFUELS: A group of U.S. senators ask President Trump to block Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue from potentially weighing in on refinery waivers from biofuel mandates. (E&E News, subscription)

NATURAL GAS: Minnesota regulators meet with natural gas utilities to discuss safety measures to prevent explosions in the distribution system. (WCCO)

SOLAR: An Illinois State University team prepares to compete in a solar-powered car competition with its “most advanced car we’ve ever had.” (Bloomington Pantagraph)

COMMENTARY: A columnist highlights an Indiana utility’s accelerated transition from coal to renewables in a conservative state with no renewable energy mandates. (Forbes)

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