Midwest Energy News

Kansas lawmakers consider financing tool for uneconomic coal plants

OIL & GAS: The cost to plug orphaned oil and gas wells in Ohio could reach $2 billion as the number of confirmed wells continues to grow. (Energy News Network)

• Attorneys general from three Midwestern states join a coalition opposing the Trump administration’s plan to allow rail shipments of liquefied natural gas. (Associated Press)
• A faulty valve causes an oilfield wastewater spill on North Dakota pastureland. (Associated Press)
• U.S. electric and natural gas utilities prepare to launch an initiative to compel companies across the gas supply chain to measure and report methane emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

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Clean energy groups and the state’s largest utility hope a series of recommendations in a consultant’s report will prompt new legislation this session. (Energy News Network)
• State lawmakers are also considering allowing securitization for uneconomic coal plants, allowing plants to close before the end of their useful lives without saddling ratepayers with stranded assets. (Utility Dive)

• An Illinois agency approves plans for a pipeline to move millions of gallons of mining waste to the Big Muddy River. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Residents in a former coal mining town in southeastern Ohio are repurposing pollution from acid mine drainage into paints. (Grist)
• A unit of Xcel Energy reaches an agreement to close a large Texas coal plant by the end of 2032, possibly sooner. (E&E News, subscription)

POLICY: A Minnesota Senate committee will take testimony today on a Republican plan to require utilities to prioritize carbon-free energy sources. (MPR News)

• A developer says White County in northwestern Indiana is a prime location for wind energy based on a receptive community and strong wind resources. (Inside Indiana Business)
• County officials in southwestern Iowa decide to leave a wind turbine ordinance as it is after public debate over setback distances. (Radio Iowa)

POLLUTION: The multi-state agency overseeing the Ohio River lacks the authority to regulate mercury pollution, which can come from a variety of sources including power plants. (Environmental Health News)

SOLAR: An increasing number of residents in a Southside Chicago community are installing solar panels for long-term electric savings. (Beverly Review)

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NUCLEAR: The Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio is selected for a first-of-its-kind study on whether nuclear plants can produce hydrogen for industrial and commercial purposes. (Toledo Blade)

EMISSIONS: Federal agencies submit plans to the White House that would reduce fuel economy standards for new vehicles through 2026. (Reuters)

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