Midwest Energy News

Illinois governor signs bill to prevent coal ash pollution

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Consumers Energy in Michigan sees strong customer interest during the first months of its electric vehicle charging station rebate program. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: U.S. automakers increase lobbying efforts to extend federal tax incentives for electric vehicles amid pushback from the oil industry and conservatives. (E&E News, subscription)

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COAL ASH:
• Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signs a bill prohibiting coal ash discharges and requiring state approval for impoundment closures. (Peoria Journal Star)
• The Trump administration proposes lifting some regulations on coal ash, saying it promotes the beneficial reuse of the waste. (The Hill)

FINANCE: A study finding very few missed payments on commercial property assessed clean energy loans could diminish potential concerns from municipalities considering similar programs. (Energy News Network)

COAL: The Sierra Club wants We Energies to turn over financial information about its remaining coal plants to determine cost impacts on customers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin school districts, cities and landowners increasingly lease property for large-scale solar projects. (WDJT)
• Three Xcel Energy community solar projects in Wisconsin are now fully subscribed. (Eau Claire Leader Telegram)

WIND: Supporters say wind development in northeastern Ohio delivers much-needed revenue to local governments and schools. (WFMJ)

UTILITIES: U.S. utilities are expected to increase capital spending on gas and renewable energy as they transition from coal, analysts say. (S&P Global)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Catholic congregation in Minnesota takes a progressive view on renewable energy and efficiency. (WCCO)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin judge dismisses a lawsuit against a stalled frac sand operation while leaving open the possibility of future litigation if the project resurfaces. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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CLIMATE: Former Vice President Al Gore takes his Climate Leadership Corps training program to Minneapolis-St. Paul this week. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy advocacy group says market-oriented policies instead of costly bailouts seen in Ohio can spur private-sector investment and keep costs low for ratepayers. (American Council on Renewable Energy)
• Environmental advocates say DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan is too reliant on natural gas plants and pipelines. (Bridge Magazine)
• An Ohio editorial board says the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing “deserves continued scrutiny.” (Columbus Dispatch)
• Advocates say a new coal ash cleanup law in Illinois creates a “badly needed” framework to ensure polluters clear contamination and not taxpayers. (Earthjustice)

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