Midwest Energy News

Natural gas complicates long-term utility climate plans

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy was the first major utility to pledge net zero emissions, but its continued reliance on natural gas may make the goal difficult to attain. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• National NAACP leaders tell local and state chapters to not accept money from utilities that put up barriers to clean energy policies. (New York Times)
• Calculating electricity bills in Ohio can be complex for customers as rates are impacted by new state laws and cross-subsidies. (Energy News Network)
• Electricity sales over the next decade are likely to pivot on two wild cards for the industry: electric vehicles and rooftop solar. (S&P Global)

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HYDROPOWER: Last year’s wet weather in the Midwest increased electric generation from the Missouri River’s six upstream dams by 5.6%. (Associated Press)

POLICY: A Missouri lawmaker proposes a bill that would allow companies to add the cost of new nuclear or renewable generation to customer rates while the projects are under construction. (Springfield News-Leader)

PIPELINES:
• The Trump administration’s plan to remove climate change considerations from a key federal environmental law could clear the way for projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. (E&E News, subscription)
• Weeks after resigning as U.S. energy secretary, Rick Perry rejoins the board of directors of Texas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: Increased flooding raises concerns over contamination from coal ash storage sites in Missouri. (PBS)

SOLAR: Federal grants directed to Indiana totaling $1.2 million include help for farmers to install solar panels. (Indiana Public Media)

WIND:
• Wind power became more prominent in Iowa over the past decade as coal generation declined. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
A developer secures financing for a 130 MW wind project in Indiana that is expected to be online within the next six months. (S&P Global)

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CLIMATE: Four Midwestern states have committed to reducing emissions as outlined under the Paris climate agreement, though progress has been slowed by a lack of action in dozens of other states and the federal government. (Michigan Advance)

COMMENTARY:
An Ohio editorial board calls on the U.S. and Canada to halt plans to store nuclear waste near the Great Lakes. (Toledo Blade)
• Ongoing attempts to scale back action on climate change shows the Trump administration’s continued “war on science,” an editorial board says. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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