Midwest Energy News

Ohio AG investigating aggressive petition blockers

OHIO:
• Ohio’s attorney general is investigating potential election fraud related to physically aggressive “petition blockers” hired by supporters of Ohio’s nuclear bailout law. (Toledo Blade)
• In response to misleading ads in support of Ohio’s nuclear bailout, grid operator PJM says China has not infiltrated the grid. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

EFFICIENCY: A nonprofit partnership looks to expand a program training Chicago youths to become energy efficiency “ambassadors” in their homes and communities. (Energy News Network)

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COAL:
• A federal judge orders Ameren to install pollution controls at its Rush Island Energy Center near Festus, Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Environmental activists launch a billboard campaign urging Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to retire its Petersburg coal plant. (WFYI)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge issues an apology after repeatedly using a photo of a U.S. government scientist in an advertising campaign for its Line 5 pipeline. (Bridge)
• Under a Wisconsin bill, a person trespassing near a pipeline would face a felony charge with up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines. (Grist) 

OIL & GAS: Wisconsin regulators approve a $400 million plan by Husky Energy to rebuild a Superior oil refinery that exploded in April 2018. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• Lincoln, Nebraska’s city council unanimously approves a special permit for a 230 MW solar farm that would be the largest in the state. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• A central Wisconsin county commission is briefed on a large solar project under development that’s expected to be online by 2022. (WSAU)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A small city-owned utility in Kansas buys a Tesla Model 3 sedan to show residents how getting around in an electric car can make sense. (KMUW)
• Milwaukee-area Harley-Davidson dealers prepare for the arrival of the company’s LiveWire electric motorcycle. (Milwaukee Business Journal, subscription) 

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POWER PLANTS: Xcel Energy’s bid to buy a natural gas plant had the support of clean energy groups, but not customer advocates or the city of Minneapolis. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota editorial board applauds Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to adopt lower emission standards for vehicles in the state. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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