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)

ALSO:
• 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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KANSAS:
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)

COAL:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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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