Midwest Energy News

Minnesota bill approving Xcel nuclear investments fails as session ends

UTILITIES: The Illinois Attorney General’s Office opposes a proposal by state regulators that would allow utilities to recover costs from investments in cloud computing. (Midwest Energy News)

• Legislation that would have given Xcel Energy upfront approval for nuclear investments dies in the Minnesota House. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An Illinois congressman proposes a 30 percent tax credit through 2021 for investments in existing nuclear plants. (Illinois Radio Network)

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• Ameren will move forward with a 175-turbine, 400 MW wind project in northeastern Missouri, which would be the state’s largest. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• South Dakota regulators block some third parties from presenting exhibits that oppose a planned 302 MW wind project. (Rapid City Journal)
• More than 100 residents attend a public meeting in a southern Michigan county where DTE Energy is exploring wind development. (Coldwater Daily Reporter)

DISTRIBUTED GENERATION: A public hearing is scheduled today on a Westar Energy rate plan that could increase electric bills significantly for Kansas customers with distributed generation. (Lawrence Journal-World)

COAL ASH: A southern Indiana county will pay at least $50,000 to clean up 20,000 tons of coal ash that migrated onto private property nine years ago. (Louisville Courier Journal)

OIL AND GAS: A new report says utilities’ rush to build natural gas plants to replace coal could result in billions of dollars in stranded assets for investors and ratepayers. (Forbes)

POLITICS: An Ohio state representative who lost a congressional Republican primary this month says she was targeted by a “dark money” group for not supporting “bailouts” for FirstEnergy. (Center for Public Integrity)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla’s mass-market Model 3 does not receive a favorable rating from Consumer Reports due in part to long emergency stopping distances. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minnesota college is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to clean energy projects and other environmental initiatives. (Mankato Free Press)

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