Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy says it can’t share details on nuclear plant finances

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy says it can’t disclose to lawmakers or the public the unprofitability of two nuclear plants due to ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

STORAGE: An industry group recruits Missouri gas stations for a pilot project to test how lead-acid batteries could help level power demand at electric vehicle charging stations. (Energy News Network)

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FRAC SAND: Wisconsin frac sand mining operations are increasingly dormant as competition grows in Oklahoma and Texas. (Associated Press)

COAL: Illinois regulators direct Vistra Energy to close 2,000 MW of coal generation by the end of the year, a sign that the state is moving away from coal as the Trump administration seeks to help the industry. (Utility Dive, Chicago Tribune)

EMISSIONS:
• Fossil fuels and industrial air pollution are the primary contributors to decreased air quality at national parks in Michigan and elsewhere in the U.S. (Marquette Mining Journal)
• Researchers at the University of Illinois release a guide for communities in six Midwestern states to help identify sources of pollution, including from power plants. (WTTW)

UTILITIES:
• Duke Energy Indiana’s 20-year integrated resource plan calls for adding 1,240 MW of gas-fired generation and 2,350 MW of wind and solar while continuing to operate some coal units for almost two decades. (Utility Dive)
• Rural electric cooperatives’ past investments in coal plants prevent them from transitioning to more renewable energy sources, according to a new report. (Platts)
• A business credit-rating agency says an Ohio Supreme Court ruling last week striking down monthly modernization charges could impact a revenue source for Dayton Power & Light. (Dayton Daily News)

SOLAR: A city council in central Illinois rejects a school district’s plan to install panels. (WCCU)

TRANSMISSION: Public hearings begin this week on a controversial $500 million transmission project in Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CLIMATE: A coalition of labor unions and environmental groups release a plan to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (E&E News, subscription)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: DTE Energy provides $1.5 million in grants for two southeastern Michigan school districts to purchase electric buses. (DBusiness Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says any legislation to subsidize two nuclear energy plants should include measures to accelerate the development of wind and solar. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Clean energy advocates plan a 10-day road trip in an electric vehicle across the Midwest. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• The Trump administration’s Affordable Energy Plan “places the immediate interests of coal companies and miners ahead of everything else,” writes the Chicago Tribune editorial board.
• Clean energy advocates say Duke Energy’s long-term plan in Indiana ignores near-term investments in energy efficiency, renewables and battery storage. (Environmental Working Group)

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