Midwest Energy News

Ohio budget would allow FirstEnergy to boost profits

UTILITIES: An Ohio budget amendment would allow FirstEnergy and its subsidiaries to make more profits off customers rather than having to issue refunds. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

POWER PLANTS: The chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio says natural gas would likely replace two nuclear plants if they are closed, causing carbon pollution to spike. (Toledo Blade)

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• Iowa solar advocates hope to avoid another fight over net metering in future legislative sessions. (Spencer Daily Reporter)
• An Iowa county works to refine commercial solar regulations as developers seek to build projects there. (Muscatine Journal)
• A Minnesota county joins a township in formally supporting a planned 100 MW solar project. (St. Cloud Times)
• Some residents speak in opposition to a planned 100 MW project in northern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)

WIND: State regulators approve a 300 MW wind project in western North Dakota. (Forum News Service)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla opens a service center in Toledo, Ohio, as the company attempts to sell its vehicles directly to customers in Michigan. (Detroit News)

• North Dakota and other shale-drilling states flare near-record amounts of natural gas as production overwhelms the pipeline network. (E&E News, subscription)
• The Trump administration will complete an environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline even if a federal court throws out a lawsuit that blocked the project. (Associated Press)
• A pipeline spill in North Dakota released 80,000 gallons of produced water and impacted pasture land. (Associated Press)

• A court orders coal CEO Bob Murray to admit to his mine employees that he broke the law when he tried to limit their anonymous complaints filed with the federal government. (E&E News, subscription)
• Heavy equipment, machinery and parts from a former coal plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will be sold at auction. (Detroit News)

CLEAN ENERGY: Climate advocates say 1 in 5 Americans now live in places with 100% clean energy goals. (Grist)

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RELIABILITY: The University of Iowa plans to scale back utility infrastructure investments over the next five years, which is part of its pitch to potentially privatize its campus power system. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: We Energies asks state regulators in Wisconsin to have customers pay off hundreds of millions of dollars on a coal plant that closed last year, consumer advocates say. (Shepherd Express)

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