Midwest Energy News

Minnesota Senate passes nuclear bill despite ratepayer concerns

INNOVATION: The founder of a St. Louis startup developing a small, rooftop wind turbine is among the entrepreneurs chosen for an Argonne National Laboratory energy innovation program. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR: The Minnesota Senate passes legislation to help Xcel Energy recover at least $1.4 billion in maintenance costs for its nuclear reactors, a move critics say shifts risk from shareholders to ratepayers. (Star Tribune)

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UTILITIES: Westar Energy wants permission from Kansas regulators to offer a demand fee that would charge customers based on their highest average hourly demand between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (KMUW)

WIND: Supporters of a Kansas wildlife refuge are concerned about the potential ecological impact from a 300 MW wind farm under construction nearby. (Salina Journal)  

SOLAR
• A Minneapolis homeowner seeks to block construction of a three-story building he says would block the sun from his solar panels. (KSTP)
• In Illinois, Will County officials advance plans for three solar farms after developers agreed to an agricultural mitigation plan. (Chicago Tribune)
• A Michigan township drafts a proposal to limit the number of solar panels allowed on residential properties. (WNEM)
• Southern Illinois farmers attend a presentation on how solar power can help save money and make the state more self-sufficient. (KFVS)
• “For me, it was like buying a tractor”: Southern Illinois farmers share their experience transitioning to solar power. (Southern Illinoisan)
• A North Carolina solar company, Power Home Solar, plans to open a new office in Central Ohio. (Columbus Business First, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duluth, Minnesota, expects to roll out six fully electric buses this summer, with the first arriving next month. (Duluth News Tribune)

PIPELINES: A pipeline struck by an anchor in Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac was close to rupturing last month, its operator said. Enbridge said it will likely wrap the damaged Line 5 pipeline in protective sleeves. (Associated Press, MLive)

COAL: Ohio’s American Electric Power expects to burn about 33 million st of coal in 2018, a 6 percent increase from last year. (Platts)

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NATURAL GAS: A new 671 MW combined-cycle natural gas plant continues a shift for Indianapolis Power & Light from coal to natural gas. (Platts)

COMMENTARY:
• The president of Interstate Power & Light praises Iowa’s new energy law and says the company plans to “build on its history of offering beneficial energy efficiency programs.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• The former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party says FirstEnergy shareholders should ask themselves whether the company’s directors deserve another term given the board’s “dismal record” of overseeing management. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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