Midwest Energy News

Nuclear bailouts tougher in shale country

POWER PLANTS:
• Bailing out nuclear plants faces a tougher test in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania where they compete with natural gas. (Bloomberg)
• U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the federal government is still considering a support package for at-risk coal and nuclear plants, but encourages states to devise their own programs. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Critics say an Indiana bill gives utilities a “blank check” for grid modernization projects. (Indianapolis Star)

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RENEWABLES:
• Kansas and Iowa rank among the top places in the world getting the largest share of power from renewables. (Axios)
• Xcel Energy unveils a program for Wisconsin customers to purchase wind and solar power. (FOX 25)
• DTE Energy sponsors a play traveling to elementary schools in mid-Michigan about the benefits of renewable energy. (MLive)

OIL & GAS:
• Illinois Republicans push back against a state bill that would require more public disclosure from companies using hydraulic fracturing. (Southern Illinoisan)
• North Dakota advocates urge lawmakers to repay funds related to education and water they say have been shorted millions of dollars in oil tax revenue. (Forum News Service)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Ameren details its plan to address climate change, boost clean energy and reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. (Daily Energy Insider)
• Alliant Energy seeks to increase base rates for customers but maintains wind energy and efficiency will help reduce power prices. (KWWL)

COAL: A recent report shows unsafe groundwater contamination from coal ash at six western North Dakota coal plants. (Forum News Service)

EMISSIONS: Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles because they don’t meet U.S. emission standards. (Associated Press)

WIND:
• An Ohio judge rules in favor of landowners as a developer seeks to complete pre-construction work on a northern Ohio wind project. (Toledo Blade)
• A 100 MW wind project is now operational in southwestern Minnesota. (North American Windpower)
• Two Indiana wind projects are among the 10 largest in the U.S. (Recharge)
• A mid-Michigan county now has the largest wind project in the state at 161 MW. (MLive)

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CLEAN TECH: AEP launches a contest to fund clean tech projects on various aspects of grid modernization. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: Ford joins the Smart Electric Power Alliance to work on strategies for electric vehicle deployment and grid management. (Utility Dive)

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