Midwest Energy News

Lawmakers, advocates urge action on Illinois coal ash bill

COAL ASH:
• Lawmakers and advocates urge the Illinois House to take action on a bill that strengthens requirements for coal ash storage cleanup. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Dynegy is going “back to the drawing board” on a controversial stabilization plan to hold back coal ash along the Middle Fork River in Illinois. (Champaign News-Gazette)

NUCLEAR: The CEO of FirstEnergy says keeping nuclear plants online is an “insurance policy” against higher natural gas prices in the future. (WKSU)

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SOLAR:
• Developers plan a $175 million solar project in central Indiana. (Associated Press)
• County officials approve plans for a 100 MW solar project in northwestern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)
• A proposed solar project at a school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would also be a learning tool for students. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette)
• A Canadian man being prosecuted in western Michigan could face years in prison after scamming investors over solar generators. (WOOD-TV)

POLICY: Legislative action on an ambitious energy reform package in Illinois will likely be delayed until later this year. (Platt County Journal-Republican)

BIOFUELS: President Trump is reportedly considering a trip to an Iowa ethanol refinery, signaling his support for year-round sales of higher ethanol blends. (Bloomberg)

COAL: Illinois researchers say the worst form of black lung disease is on the rise among coal miners likely due to increased exposure to silica in mines. (Earther)

WIND:
• The head of a U.S. wind energy trade association says President Trump’s criticism of the wind industry could hurt him in Midwestern swing states where turbines are manufactured. (E&E News, subscription)
• Some landowners begin to organize against plans for a 200 MW wind project in central Missouri. (Columbia Missourian)

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CLEAN ENERGY: The city council in Lansing, Michigan, rejects the mayor’s plan to invest in renewable energy, instead directing funds for energy savings across departments. (WLNS)

COMMENTARY:
• A local official in northern Michigan says solar power purchases will help the city meet its 100% renewable energy goal by 2040. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• Ohio lawmakers should adopt new policies that encourage in-state clean energy development, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A broad coalition of Illinois environmental groups oppose a state bill that would bring “excessive criminal charges” for fossil fuel protesters. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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