Midwest Energy News

Illinois coal ash site polluted groundwater, agency rules

EFFICIENCY:
• Besides phasing out coal, a recent settlement between Xcel Energy and clean energy advocates also calls for a major ramp-up of energy efficiency in Minnesota. (Energy News Network)
• A new analysis finds that the average Ohioan’s electric bill is $2 lower each month because of how the state’s existing energy efficiency standards affect market prices. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH: An Illinois regulatory agency rules that a coal plant along the Lake Michigan shoreline polluted groundwater with coal ash. (Lake County News-Sun)

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WIND: Opponents of a planned wind project in northern Ohio hire a high-powered law firm to help stop the project. (Sandusky Register)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials say the power supply in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is in a “state of flux” as coal plants close and utilities build out more natural gas and renewables. (Marquette Mining Journal)

UTILITIES:
• Critics say DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan relies too heavily on natural gas. (Michigan Radio)
• Duke Energy lays out its long-term plans to close coal plants in Indiana. (WFIE)

OIL & GAS: The former head of a shale gas drilling company says the industry is “self-destructive” and a threat to shareholders. (DeSmog Blog)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota group is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its efforts to expand community solar projects. (Bemidji Pioneer)
• A Minnesota homeowner claims a solar project under development nearby contributed to flooding on his low-lying property. (St. Cloud Times)
• The Indiana Municipal Power Agency plans three new solar projects near Indianapolis. (Batesville Herald-Tribune)

CLIMATE: Indiana is expected to see increased temperature and rainfall as a result of climate change, according to a new study. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)

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BIOFUELS: An Iowa biodiesel plant plans to add habitat onsite for monarch butterflies. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board opposed to subsidies for two FirstEnergy nuclear plants says the company has “perpetrated an advertising hoax that should be widely condemned.” (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A Minnesota columnist says state Republican lawmakers risk losing elections if they oppose clean energy. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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