Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy to close its three remaining Ohio coal plants

COAL: FirstEnergy Solutions plans to close its three remaining Ohio coal plants within the next four years. (Columbus Dispatch)

SOLAR:
• A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor bikes around the Midwest to raise awareness about clean energy in the region. (Energy News Network)
• Officials unveil a 24 MW solar project in mid-Michigan. (WILX)
• An Illinois zoning board approves permits for two 2 MW solar projects. (Alton Telegraph)

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GRID: Ohio regulators release a roadmap for grid modernization that creates a “playing field” for utilities, affiliates and third-party technology providers. (Utility Dive)

EMISSIONS:
• The U.S. EPA considers easing Obama-era regulations on mercury emissions that have required pollution controls on coal plants. (Reuters)
• Speaking in Ohio, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler dismisses concerns that the agency’s Clean Power Plan replacement increases the risk of premature deaths. (E&E News, subscription)
• Illinois’ Volkswagen settlement funds will target air quality programs, though environmental groups say the Rauner administration is backtracking on air pollution from coal plants. (WTTW)

BIOFUELS: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tells Iowa farmers the Trump administration is committed to year-round ethanol sales. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

REGULATION: Governors from Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Kansas warn of a “dangerous shift” in federal authority after FERC’s recent changes to PJM’s capacity market. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Invenergy plans two, 200 MW wind projects in northwestern Iowa. (Radio Iowa)

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PIPELINES:
• More than two dozen pipeline activists were cited during protests in Bemidji, Minnesota, against the Line 3 project. (Forum News Service)
• Two Dakota Access pipeline protesters who served time in jail for disorderly conduct lose their appeals before the North Dakota Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio clean energy advocate says opponents to the first offshore wind project in Lake Erie are “feckless and suffer from Not In My Back Yard syndrome.” (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

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