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Ohio AG allows nuclear bailout referendum to move forward

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COAL: Consumer advocates in Kansas says investors, not ratepayers, should pay nearly $12 million for coal power the state’s largest utility purchased to resolve a dispute with the plant owner. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Wisconsin’s largest utility could save ratepayers $138 million a year by closing a coal plant in favor of renewables and storage, according to the Sierra Club. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Alliant Energy demolishes a coal plant in central Iowa that had closed in 2017 and replaced with natural gas. (Radio Iowa)

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OHIO: Attorney General Dave Yost approves referendum language for a group hoping to overturn nuclear and coal bailouts in an upcoming election. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

BIOFUELS:
• One of the oldest ethanol plants in Minnesota may cease production as the industry faces low prices and uncertainty from the Trump administration. (Mankato Free Press)
• President Trump promises a “giant package” for corn farmers meant to address concerns over waivers for oil refiners. (Reuters)

SOLAR: A partnership between Sunrun and an economic development organization seeks to increase solar access to South Side Chicago neighborhoods. (Solar Industry Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
• An Ohio judge orders a natural gas provider to immediately stop offering service after the state claims it’s operating without permission. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• A North Dakota utility seeks permission to build a second natural gas generator at a plant near Bismarck as it prepares to close coal units. (Bismarck Tribune)

NUCLEAR: The security contractor at a Minnesota nuclear plant appears set to lock out some guards after a breakdown in contract negotiations. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• Solar power helps the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe transition from fossil fuels as the tribe continues to fight the Dakota Access pipeline in court, an editorial board says. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The recent spike in global methane emissions may be caused by U.S. oil and gas activity at a time when more development is planned and the Trump administration seeks to rollback methane regulations, writes David Roberts of Vox.
• Conservation advocates say Enbridge’s track record makes the continued operation of Line 5 risky in the Straits of Mackinac. (Bridge Magazine)
• We Energies seeks to recover nearly $2 million from customers to pay membership fees in organizations that practice political advocacy, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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