Midwest Energy News

Ohio group files petition to challenge nuclear bailout on ballot 

OHIO: A campaign committee submits signatures for a ballot measure challenging a law subsidizing FirstEnergy nuclear and coal plants. (Toledo Blade)

ALSO: An Ohio lawmaker says the power plant bailout wasn’t a “perfect bill” but was needed to control costs and maintain reliability. (Putnam County Sentinel)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: MidAmerican Energy plans to build 15 fast-charging electric vehicle stations across Iowa to help spur demand and relieve range anxiety. (Des Moines Register)

BIOFUELS:
• A northwestern Iowa ethanol plant temporarily closes, citing demand challenges as refiners receive blending waivers. (Radio Iowa)
• The ethanol industry seeks to restart a legal case challenging oil refineries’ ability to avoid renewable fuel mandates. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
• The mayor of Ames, Iowa, declares the week of Aug. 11 “American Wind Week” to raise awareness about the benefits of the industry. (Iowa State Daily)
• Preconstruction work continues on a 200 MW wind project in eastern Kansas. (KVOE)

BIOGAS: The owner of a waste-to-energy facility in northeastern Nebraska files a countersuit against residents’ complaints over odor, claiming two other companies are responsible. (Sioux City Journal)

CLIMATE: Hundreds of advocates rally outside of the Democratic presidential debates in Detroit in support of the Green New Deal. (Michigan Advance) 

SOLAR: A southeastern Nebraska city considers plans for a community solar project. (York News Times)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy is investigating the cause of an emergency shut down at a nuclear plant in northern Ohio. (Cleveland Scene) 

OIL & GAS: North Dakota and oil industry officials want to study lightning strikes at saltwater disposal sites, which have caused fires and spills over the past two months. (Bismarck Tribune)

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POLITICS: Presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa hear from an increasing number of voters about climate change. (KELO)

COMMENTARY:
• A former Iowa lawmaker leads a new conservative clean energy group, saying the issue isn’t only for “liberals and Democrats.” (Quad-City Times)
• The USA Today editorial board says natural gas flaring is a “shameful waste” that needs to be controlled.
• A senior energy planner at Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission says energy planning is critical as central Ohio anticipates a growing population. (Transmission & Distribution World)

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