Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy to close its nuclear plants within three years

Correction appended.

• FirstEnergy will close its three nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania within the next three years, though its subsidiaries haven’t mentioned bankruptcy filings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• An Illinois nuclear plant will remain under Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversight following two minor violations reported last year. (Bloomington Pantagraph)

• Clean Line Energy Partners says its planned wind transmission projects in the Midwest aren’t affected by a recent decision to dissolve plans with the federal government on a similar project in Arkansas. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Department of Energy report says coal played a key role in maintaining grid reliability during a string of cold weather at the end of 2017. (Utility Dive)

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PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton promises to veto a bill that would authorize the Legislature to approve Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion project. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: An effort to approve a controversial frac sand operation on Wisconsin wetlands is dead, leading state Senate Republicans say. (Associated Press)

HYDRO: A northern Minnesota utility hopes a transmission project connecting the state with a hydroelectric facility in Manitoba will stay on track. (Duluth News Tribune)

• More than 1,200 customers have signed up for a voluntary DTE Energy program that charges higher rates to offset energy use with renewables. (MLive)
• Utilities are racing to spend billions of dollars on new renewable energy projects before federal tax incentives for wind and solar expire. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

• Natural gas proponents play defense as the economics of renewable energy challenge new and existing gas plants. (New York Times)
• Michigan’s largest municipal utility approves plans for a $500 million natural gas plant to replace two coal plants. (Michigan Radio)

• Geronimo Energy proposes a pair of 2 MW solar projects in northwestern Illinois. (Galesburg Register-Mail)
• Officials dedicate what they say is the largest solar installation for an Indiana school district. (Inside Indiana Business)
• A Minneapolis coffee shop will offset roughly one-third of its energy needs with rooftop solar. (The Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: President Trump wants to scrap Obama administration rules that increased penalties for automakers who violate fuel-efficiency standards. (The Hill)

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• New building-efficiency standards adopted in Michigan last year are leading to higher upfront costs for contractors, though long-term savings are promised. (MiBiz)
• A Detroit-based entrepreneur successfully restructured her business to focus on energy efficiency services after 2016 state energy laws passed. (Detroit Free Press)

• A planned 55-turbine wind project in eastern Michigan remains locked in legal disputes with local townships. (Lexology)
• DTE Energy says it’s still in the early stages of a planned wind project in southern Michigan. (Adrian Daily Telegram)

An earlier version of this digest incorrectly stated the participants enrolled in DTE Energy’s voluntary renewable energy pricing program.

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