Midwest Energy News

Iowa governor blocks state AG from joining power plan lawsuit

CORRECTION: Alliant Energy is adding wind capacity to replace power from a retiring Iowa nuclear plant. An item in Wednesday’s digest misidentified the plant’s fuel type.

POLICY:
• Midwest environmental groups join 22 states in a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s attempt to overturn the Clean Power Plan. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Iowa’s Democratic attorney general says Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds blocked him from joining the lawsuit against the Trump administration. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Environmental and indigenous groups push Democratic presidential candidates to sign a campaign pledge to stop construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)

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BIOENERGY: The country’s first bioenergy plant to run on turkey manure and wood chips is demolished 12 years after being built in Minnesota. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

GRID: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wants state regulators to keep ratepayer interests in mind as they assess the state’s grid reliability needs. (CBS Detroit)

COAL ASH: Indiana utility Vectren says coal ash sitting in ponds at one of its power plants will be excavated and recycled for beneficial reuse. (WEHT)

OIL & GAS: The U.S. oil and gas shale drilling boom may have caused a global spike in methane emissions contributing to climate change, researchers find. (The Guardian)

WIND: Township officials in northern Ohio pass a resolution opposing a planned 71-turbine wind project. (Sandusky Register)

EMISSIONS: Indiana officials plan to increase air pollution permit fees for the first time in more than a decade as less revenue comes in from coal plants. (Indiana Public Media)

SOLAR:
• Interest in solar power among Catholic parishes, schools and missions surges following a deal recently announced in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. (Great Lakes Echo)
• Ninety panels were stolen and later recovered from a solar project in southern Indiana. (WAVE)

BIOFUELS: In Nebraska, which ranks second in ethanol production, residents dispute the industry’s environmental impacts. (NET)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A program in Michigan helps cities offset the cost of buying electric vehicles and charging stations. (Downriver Sunday Times)

COMMENTARY:
• A community college official in Iowa says the wind industry offers job security and room for growth. (Mason City Globe Gazette)
• Local business managers for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Ohio say they continue to negotiate in good faith with FirstEnergy Solutions, which would not happen if two nuclear plants were not saved. (Toledo Blade)
• Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and former Sen. Timothy Wirth of Colorado say the benefits of higher-blended biofuels should get a closer look. (The Hill)

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