Midwest Energy News

Illinois lawmakers advance bills to promote clean energy

UTILITIES:
• Critics say Xcel Energy’s plan to buy a Minnesota natural gas plant is a bad deal for ratepayers and runs counter to the company’s clean energy goals. (Energy News Network)
• Xcel Energy is among the top U.S. utilities leading the transition from coal to renewables. (CNN)

POLICY: Three bills advance in Illinois that could impact capacity markets and also slash carbon emissions as lawmakers look to build on the Future Energy Jobs Act. (Capitol News Illinois)

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PIPELINES:
• Minnesota regulators issue their final approval for the Line 3 replacement project, sending the case to the courts. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for a $1.4 million study to inventory the state’s hazardous materials pipelines to better understand their risks. (MiBiz)

OIL & GAS:
• Floodwaters cause an oil spill that hadn’t been fully cleaned up to contaminate the Yellowstone River in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota landowner groups remain opposed to a state bill affecting oil and gas production they say amounts to the “taking of private property rights.” (Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: Experts from the U.S. and Canada seek policy agreements to deal with climate change. (Energy News Network)

POWER PLANTS: County officials in northwestern Indiana want utility NIPSCO to build new generation locally as it retires coal units. (La Porte County Herald-Argus)

NUCLEAR:
• Xcel Energy’s CEO says losing nuclear plants would be a “step back” for the utility’s goal of 100 percent carbon-free generation by 2050. (Utility Dive)
• Saving nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania may come down to whether industry groups can make convincing arguments on climate change. (Toledo Blade)

COAL ASH: A public meeting in Illinois draws dozens of residents calling for coal ash to be removed near the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. (Champaign News-Gazette)

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POLITICS: In a largely symbolic vote, the U.S. Senate rejects the Green New Deal 57-0, with most Democrats voting “present.” (The Atlantic)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board supports Gov. Mike DeWine’s plan to boost funding for coal mine reclamation. (Marietta Times)
• Minnesota climate advocates say lawmakers who support replacing the Line 3 pipeline should “stop looking backwards at old, dirty, expensive energy.” (Detroit Lakes Online)

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