Midwest Energy News

Great Lakes climate report calls for accelerated clean energy, transportation

CLIMATE: A new report on climate change says the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S. and calls for accelerating clean energy and transportation. (Associated Press)

COAL: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency asks the state attorney general to enforce a clean-up action plan for coal ash contamination along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. (Champaign News-Gazette)

***SPONSORED LINK: Attend Infocast’s Midwest Renewable Energy Summit, April 16-18 in Chicago to connect with the entire Midwest renewable energy community. Get the latest insights into the market and explore how changing economics and the coming PTC expiration will affect solar and wind. Register today!***

NUCLEAR:
• A subsidiary of Ohio’s FirstEnergy says in bankruptcy documents that it would cost nearly $750 million to decommission a Pennsylvania nuclear plant. (Beaver County Times)
• A Kansas nuclear plant will get a thorough cybersecurity inspection two years after it was targeted by Russian-linked hackers. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS:
• Massive flooding cuts about 13 percent of U.S. ethanol production as plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota are forced to close. (Reuters)
• Weak ethanol pricing cuts into the profits of a Dayton, Ohio-based alternative energy investor. (Dayton Business Journal)

OIL & GAS: Cleanup is underway on a 12,600-gallon oil spill in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Rochester, Minnesota, can be an example for cities across the state in meeting Gov. Tim Walz’s clean energy goals. (Next City)

SOLAR: Researchers say recycling will be crucial in the coming years as solar panels degrade. (Minnesota Public Radio)

***SPONSORED LINK: Network and learn about cutting-edge energy topics at Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council’s 7th Annual Member Meeting. Google’s Vince Faherty to keynote. April 23 in East Lansing, MI. Register today before it’s sold out!***

POLITICS: Leading renewable energy companies and trade groups raise concerns about the Green New Deal, saying it is politically divisive at a time when the industry makes inroads in conservative states. (Reuters)

COMMENTARY:
• A former National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners member says Michigan should explore more renewable energy but says the state needs “base load” fossil fuels to support reliability. (Detroit News)
• U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan calls for a “green industrial revolution” with investments in renewable energy and electric vehicles. (Lansing State Journal)

Comments are closed.