Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy says Trump bailout not enough to save coal, nuclear plants

POWER PLANTS: A FirstEnergy Solutions executive welcomed President Trump’s coal and nuclear bailout offer but said “additional support at the state level will be necessary” to save jobs in Ohio and Pennsylvania.” (Beaver County Times)

ALSO:
• After declaring bankruptcy, FirstEnergy Solutions spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbying, documents show. (Greentech Media)
• Exelon CEO Chris Crane says there is no emergency to justify power plant bailouts: “We would much prefer a market fix.” (Utility Dive)
• Two Illinois nuclear plants failed to fully clear PJM’s capacity auction last month, raising questions about their long-term financial viability. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Ohio communities worry about the economic fallout if FirstEnergy ends up closing its nuclear power plants in the state. (Gray DC)

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SOLAR:
• A trio of Illinois bills awaiting the governor’s signature would establish rules for large, ground-mounted solar installations in rural areas. (Midwest Energy News)
• Illinois’ Grundy County is an emerging hot spot for solar development where as many as seven projects could be permitted by July. (Morris Herald-News)
• A series of solar energy information sessions will encourage Indiana residents to take advantage of expiring solar incentives. (Herald-Tribune)
• Crews expect to complete a long-debated solar installation at a Wisconsin health care center in the next couple of weeks. (Reedsburg Times-Press)

WIND: Anti-wind energy activists submit a petition asking an Ohio county to rescind an “alternative energy zone” it created in 2011. (Advertiser-Tribune)

EFFICIENCY:
• A Mayo Clinic expansion adopts a new approach that makes energy efficiency a priority when planning new buildings. (Finance & Commerce)
• A northern Minnesota county tables a Property Assessed Clean Energy proposal until more information is available. (Brainerd Dispatch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A suburban Minneapolis school district expects its first electric school bus to start paying off within 10 to 12 years. (WCCO)

OIL & GAS:
• Ohio EPA officials respond to a large amount of waste oil dumped on a property along the Muskingum River. (Times Recorder)
• A North Dakota commission approves $2.17 million to create nature and interpretive sites near oil development areas. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Dakota Access Pipeline workers return to Iowa to perform follow-up restoration and maintenance work. (Ottumwa Courier)

BIOFUELS:
• “Big Oil has had Washington wired for some time,” Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says in criticizing the EPA’s actions on ethanol. (Des Moines Register)
• A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from the Midwest want to use the 2018 Farm Bill to expand the use of renewable fuels. (Biofuels Digest)

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RENEWABLES: A Sierra Club documentary profiles how renewable energy has helped reinvent communities in Michigan and elsewhere. (Fast Company)

COMMENTARY:
• A fact-check concludes that a Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s claim that Wisconsin could compel Foxconn to put enough solar panels on its roof to serve 33,000 homes is “mostly false.” (PolitiFact Wisconsin)  
• A state representative from Iowa says the state’s new energy law is an important rural economic development tool. (Dickinson County News)

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