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)

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• 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)

• 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)

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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)

• 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)

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