Midwest Energy News

FirstEnergy unit has tentative bankruptcy deal

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy Solutions reaches a tentative restructuring deal to emerge from bankruptcy, though its coal and nuclear plants are still scheduled to close in the next few years absent “legislative support and market reforms.” (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A regional collaborative releases a second set of policy recommendations to boost EV deployment and maximize emission benefits in the Midwest. (E&E News, subscription)

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• Midwestern governors and attorneys general take swift action on climate issues after taking office this year. (InsideClimate News)
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs an executive order to join the U.S. Climate Alliance and comply with goals in the Paris climate agreement. (Springfield State Journal-Register)

• Local officials approve permits for a large solar project in mid-Michigan. (NBC25)
• Consumers Energy completes a $5 million rooftop solar-plus-storage project in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (MLive)
• A northeastern Nebraska county proposes regulations on solar projects to address setbacks, fencing and on-site batteries. (Norfolk Daily News)
• Opposing sides state their case on AEP’s proposed 400 MW solar project in southern Ohio during the first week of testimony. (Hillsboro Times-Gazette)
• A community solar project comes online at a former landfill in East Lansing, Michigan. (Lansing State Journal)

WIND: St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch touts its commitment to wind energy in a new ad released ahead of the Super Bowl. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY: Iowa’s state auditor says energy efficiency benchmarking will be used in upcoming reports for state and local government agencies. (Radio Iowa)

GRID: Dayton Power & Light asks Ohio regulators for a two-year extension of a rider for its nearly $600 million grid modernization plan. (Dayton Business Journal)

COAL: Power companies say they may have to halt operations at some coal plants if a federal court rules against the Trump administration’s expanded deadline to close contaminating coal ash storage ponds. (E&E News, subscription)

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REGULATION: The Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognizes Michigan as an “emerging clean energy leader” for regulators’ work on “foundational policies” affecting the grid. (North American Windpower)

• The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board endorses plans for a 300 MW solar project in the southwestern part of the state: “Wisconsin badly needs to generate more clean and renewable energy.”
• The owner of an Iowa solar company says state and federal lawmakers should help drive the clean energy sector with climate change action. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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