VW SETTLEMENT: Advocates are concerned that Minnesota lawmakers have drawn up legislation that will prevent the state from being distributed tens of millions of dollars in emissions settlement funds. (Midwest Energy News)

• The National Wildlife Federation discovers more oil and gas spills along Enbridge’s Line 5 than they previously thought as concerns about the integrity of the pipeline increase. (Midwest Energy News)
• North Dakota lawmakers advance a bill asking the state attorney general to recoup the $34 million in costs to the state associated with Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Forum News Service)

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• While announcing his intention to sign several controversial bills into law, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb refused to say whether one of them will be a plan to phase out net metering. (Associated Press)
• Meanwhile, technology and finance CEOs in Indiana are the latest to call on Holcomb to veto the bill. (PV-Tech)
• Two Wisconsin cities promote residential solar investment through group-buying programs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

NUCLEAR: The CEO of FirstEnergy dismisses claims that proposed legislation to help boost revenue for two struggling nuclear plants is a bailout. (Toledo Blade)

• Analysts say planned coal plant closures in multiple Midwest states this year will contribute to a 30 million ton decrease in demand for coal. (Digital Journal)
• A Murray Energy subsidiary confirms layoffs at one of its mines in Illinois, citing “recently encountered adverse mining conditions.” (Southern Illinoisan)
• Analysts say coal-fired power plants in grid operator PJM’s territory face increased risks for refinancing as more natural gas plants come online. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Michigan-based Consumers Energy selects a North Carolina-based developer to repurpose the sites of two recently retired coal plants. (Monroe News)

RENEWABLES: A May conference in Minnesota will explore paths to expand renewable energy generation there. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

• A new 650-megawatt natural gas plant owned by Alliant Energy in Iowa earns recognition for its design. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Ohio and Pennsylvania lead U.S. states in increased gas production for 2016. (Dayton Business Journal)

UTILITIES: Consumer advocates say AEP Ohio’s plan to increase monthly fixed fees would disproportionately impact low-income residents, though the utility says it will be largely offset by variable cost decreases. (Columbus Dispatch)

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DIVESTMENT: Activists plan a May 5 march in Madison, Wisconsin to call on banks to divest from pipeline projects. (Wisconsin Gazette)

• As federal budget negotiations wrap up, an Ohio editorial board says: “More than 20,000 retired coal miners deserve a permanent solution to their vulnerable health care benefits.” (Akron Beacon Journal)
• The Port Huron Times Herald in Michigan calls for county leadership on settling wind turbine siting disputes.

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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