Midwest Energy News

Nuclear regulators say closing Ohio plant could be ‘devastating’

NUCLEAR: A manager with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says closing the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio would be “devastating” for the community. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

PIPELINES:
• Initial proposals for the Keystone XL pipeline galvanized environmental groups and landowners on pipeline advocacy. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A look at the makeup of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which will decide the fate of Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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GRID: Critics of Illinois’ NextGrid stakeholder process say utilities could have undue influence over the discussion and fear third parties could be shut out of future development. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: University of Minnesota faculty aim to bring lessons from Germany’s clean energy transition back home. (Minnesota Daily)

WIND:
• A township near Michigan’s “thumb” region approves a moratorium on wind projects as DTE Energy looks to build a project there. (MLive)
• Residents in another eastern Michigan township want to explore the potential for wind energy. (WNEM)

POLITICS:
• Billionaire oil executive Harold Hamm is heavily funding Republican North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer’s bid for the U.S. Senate, giving him “credibility in the industry.” (E&E News)
• Rich Cordray, a Democratic candidate for governor in Ohio, backs clean energy development while also supporting the state’s coal industry. (Columbus Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY: A former Ford auto plant in St. Paul, Minnesota, is poised to become a “showpiece” for energy efficiency, smart design and transit. (City Lab)

RENEWABLES: Madison, Wisconsin, officials say the quickest strategy for hitting renewable energy targets is through community solar and purchasing credits. (Madison Capital Times)

SOLAR:
• County officials in northern Illinois approve plans for two solar projects on dozens of acres. (Ogle County News)
• A Wisconsin cold-storage business is also a state leader in rooftop solar installations. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL AND GAS: A new study aiming to resolve disputes over oil and gas ownership beneath a reservoir in North Dakota could lead to more lawsuits. (Bismarck Tribune)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: Some federal judges are growing impatient with the ongoing delays over Clean Power Plan litigation. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A Vox writer tracks the progress states are making to increase electric vehicle adoption.

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