Midwest Energy News

Iowa’s only nuclear plant to close in 2020

NUCLEAR: NextEra Energy will close a 601 MW nuclear plant in Iowa in late 2020 after agreeing to end a utility’s power purchase agreement five years early. (Utility Dive)

GRID: FirstEnergy is not saying how it has used roughly a quarter of a billion dollars in grid modernization money collected from ratepayers. (Energy News Network)

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WIND: Ohio utility AEP cancels plans for a $4.5 billion wind and transmission project in Oklahoma after Texas regulators rejected it. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES: The Nebraska Supreme Court could hear legal arguments over the Keystone XL project as early as October. (Lincoln Journal Star)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin frac sand producers say their business is threatened by some railroads operating under outdated regulations. (La Crosse Tribune)

SOLAR:
• A solar installation is nearly complete at a city water treatment plant in Athens, Ohio. (Athens News)
• At least a portion of tree-free land across rural Minnesota could be used for solar projects. (Rochester Post Bulletin)
• A Wisconsin building has nearly eliminated its monthly energy bill after installing rooftop solar. (Stevens Point Journal)
• Local officials approve a special use permit for a 30-acre solar project in Illinois. (The Dispatch-Rock Island Argus)

CLIMATE: Local units of government in Wisconsin are developing their own climate action plans that call for boosting renewable energy. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• A Wisconsin editorial board welcomes WEC Energy Group’s plan for investing in more wind and solar power. (Racine Journal Times)
• An offshore wind project in Lake Erie can be a “stepping stone” for a clean energy industry in northern Ohio, an economic development official says. (Toledo Blade)
• The Trump administration’s plan to bail out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants would harm Ohio’s natural gas industry, an editorial says. (Youngstown Vindicator)

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