Midwest Energy News

Illinois AG pledges to sue over Trump energy plan

COAL: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joins others in pledging to sue the U.S. EPA over the proposed Affordable Clean Energy plan. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• Utilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota are among many others shifting to clean energy as the Trump administration seeks to throw coal plants a lifeline. (Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minnesota Public Radio)
• North Dakota lawmakers and coal industry officials say the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement gives them more flexibility. (Forum News Service)

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SOLAR:
• A $365,000 federal grant will help the Winnebago tribe of northeastern Nebraska double its solar capacity. (Energy News Network)
• County officials in northeastern Illinois approve plans for a 2 MW solar project. (Kendall County Now)

NATURAL GAS:
• DTE Energy breaks ground on a $1 billion, 1,100 MW gas plant in eastern Michigan as environmental groups challenge regulatory permits for the plant. (Port Huron Times Herald)
• A $400 million, 500 MW gas plant in southern Michigan is in the permitting phase and would sell power on the wholesale market. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

WIND: Developers plan a wind project in western Michigan that would produce at least 100 MW of power. (MLive)

BIOFUELS: A company agrees to pay a $500,000 fine after inspectors find spill protection violations at eight biofuel production facilities in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. (Des Moines Register)

RENEWABLES: An Illinois county approves zoning regulations for small-scale wind and ground-mounted solar projects. (Danville Commercial-News)

PIPELINES: A Native American activist accused of inciting a riot during Dakota Access pipeline protests reaches a plea deal on a lesser charge and will avoid jail time. (Associated Press)

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UTILITIES: Customers of bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions will have new power suppliers within the next week, though they shouldn’t expect a disruption in service. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY:
• A utility watchdog group shows a shift to natural gas infrastructure will continue to be a key revenue source for DTE Energy in the coming years. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• The Chicago Sun-Times editorial board says the Trump administration’s energy plan will result in “dirtier air, hundreds more deaths, and a worsening of climate change.”

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