Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy seeks emergency order to save coal, nuclear plants

OIL AND GAS: A new study finds high levels of sexually transmitted diseases in fracking communities in Ohio. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES:
• DTE Energy says wind power will be the primary way the utility meets its renewable energy requirements under state law. (Midwest Energy News)
• Michigan regulators approve a scaled-back rate increase for Consumers Energy to pay for grid reliability and environmental controls. (MLive)

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NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy tells the regional grid operator that it’s closing three nuclear plants and asks federal officials for an emergency order directing PJM to compensate coal and nuclear plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, RTO Insider)

BIOFUELS:
• Officials are cleaning up an 8,500-gallon ethanol spill in North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• President Trump’s advisers urge him to leave U.S. biofuels policy reform efforts to Congress. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: A company looks to expand the capacity of a natural gas pipeline in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR: Some residents in northern Illinois are concerned about solar developments negatively impacting their property values. (Northwest Herald)

COAL:
• We Energies uses power washers to clean coal dust off homes in Wisconsin. (WDJT)
• Advocates use air pollution to draw attention to another Wisconsin utility’s coal usage. (WKOW)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Utilities see electric vehicles as a “remedy for an unprecedented decline in demand for electricity.” (NPR)

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RENEWABLES: A new report says the economic case for fossil fuels over renewable energy is “deteriorating rapidly.” (Bloomberg)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say tribal perspectives are not being represented as Minnesota officials consider pipeline expansion proposals. (MinnPost)

CORRECTION: More than 1,200 customers in Michigan enrolled in DTE Energy’s voluntary renewable energy pricing program. An item in Thursday’s digest incorrectly stated where the participants were located.

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