Midwest Energy News

Lawmakers raise concerns over nuclear storage plan near Great Lakes

NUCLEAR: Michigan’s U.S. senators express alarm over Canada’s consideration of storing spent nuclear waste beneath the shores of Lake Huron. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO: Six of seven Ohio Supreme Court justices have received campaign contributions from FirstEnergy, which may face a ruling from the court over subsidies for its nuclear plants. (Toledo Blade)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The lack of fast-charging electric vehicle stations in Minnesota “is a recognized need,” one state official says. (MPR News)
General Motors has actively lobbied to extend federal tax credits for electric vehicles but has angered some Democrats by siding with the Trump administration on fuel efficiency standards. (Detroit News)

PETROCHEMICALS: The Ohio River Valley stands at a crossroads, facing decisions about whether to embrace renewable energy or shale gas and plastics. (Environmental Health News)

SOLAR:
• A solar installation coming online next month at an apartment complex in northern Illinois is the first under the state’s Solar For All program. (Northern Star)
The number of net metering customers in Michigan, mostly for solar power, increased 57% in 2018. (Reuters)
• A new partnership aims to expand access to solar for low- and middle-income Indianapolis residents. (Inside Indiana Business)

OIL & GAS: Greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas now exceed coal emissions in the U.S. and Europe. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA delivers its proposal for biofuel blending requirements to the White House, which one official says is “similar” to a plan unveiled in October. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: Ameren uses goats to clear vegetation on rocky terrain along transmission right-of-ways in Illinois. (Southern Illinoisan)

WIND: A 200 MW wind project comes online in eastern South Dakota. (North American Windpower)

POLLUTION: A southern Indiana environmental advocate struggles to raise funding for a group fighting pollution along the Ohio River. (Environmental Health News)

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CLIMATE:
• Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers makes good on a campaign promise to “bring back science” on public policy involving climate action. (E&E News, subscription)
• Activists in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, join protests across the U.S. and call on officials to take stronger action on climate change. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, MLive)

COMMENTARY: The increasing number of utility carbon-reduction plans “foreshadow a major reshuffling in utility business models with dramatic implications for the U.S. power generation mix,” a Platts writer says.

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