Midwest Energy News

Illinois regulators to decide on easing clean air rules for coal plants

COAL: Illinois regulators are expected to decide this week on a Rauner administration plan to ease clean air rules critics say would benefit eight downstate coal plants. (Better Government Association)

• Xcel Energy officials say nuclear power will continue to play a key role in the company’s clean energy portfolio. (Rosemount Town Pages)
• A bankruptcy judge says FirstEnergy Solutions needs to be more open with plans to pay certain workers bonuses at two nuclear plants scheduled to close in the next two years. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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• Construction is set to begin on a 50 MW wind project in western Illinois. (Jacksonville Journal-Courier)
• A developer says construction will start next year on a plan to add 20 turbines at a wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. (UPMatters.com)
• Planners at a northern Indiana county delve into potential regulations for commercial wind projects. (Logansport Pharos-Tribune)

GRID: PJM says FirstEnergy Solutions can retire 4,000 MW of fossil fuel generation in Ohio and Pennsylvania without impacting reliability. (Platts)

• University of Wisconsin researchers help develop highly efficient solar systems that integrate photovoltaics, storage and energy delivery. (Utility Dive)
• A Love’s Travel Stop in Illinois looks to install solar panels to reduce costs and offset about 60 percent of its energy use. (WGIL)

CARBON CAPTURE: The FutureGen “clean coal” project in Illinois is among multiple carbon capture demonstration projects that were abandoned after receiving federal funding, according to a government analysis. (E&E News, subscription)

• Environmental groups continue to challenge a proposed oil refinery near a national park in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)
• Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum completes a $23.3 billion acquisition of rival Andeavor, making it the largest U.S. oil refiner by capacity. (Toledo Blade)
• Northern Michigan residents raise concerns about loud noises stemming from a natural gas pipeline and compressor station. (Gaylord Herald Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The CEO of Consumers Energy says the utility is pushing EV adoption and infrastructure “for the good of Michigan and the good of our planet.” (Daily Energy Insider)

COMMENTARY: The chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission says the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act is “under assault” by grid operator PJM, and suggests a solution may be leaving the organization. (Utility Dive)

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