Midwest Energy News

Ohio HB 6 repeal stalls as GOP fails to reach consensus

OHIO: Environmental groups ask a federal appeals court to consider suspending a former FirstEnergy subsidiary’s bankruptcy reorganization in light of the HB 6 scandal. (Eye on Ohio / Energy News Network)

ALSO: Legislative efforts to repeal HB 6 have stalled as GOP lawmakers lack consensus on what, if anything, to replace it with. (Cleveland.com)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A $45 billion investment in clean energy technology in Illinois would add more than $350 billion to the state’s economy, according to a new report from Advanced Energy Economy. (Solar Power World)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Amazon unveils a prototype electric delivery van that it’s developing in partnership with Illinois EV startup Rivian. (Chicago Tribune)
• Midwest retailer Meijer plans to install fast-charging EV stations at nine stores in Illinois and Michigan. (Progressive Grocer)

SOLAR: A First Solar plant in Ohio disassembles and recycles old solar panels to recover about 90% of the material inside. (Fast Company)

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration awards $22 million in grants, including $9.3 million in Iowa, to bolster biofuel infrastructure, though critics call it an “election stunt.” (Associated Press, Radio Iowa)

UTILITIES: City officials in a Twin Cities exurb say dissolving a publicly run water and electric utility would save several millions of dollars a year. (Southwest News Media)

CLIMATE: A group of University of Nebraska students call on school administrators to divest from fossil fuels. (Omaha World Herald)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota officials hope for renewed interest in oil and gas processing plant projects that were slowed during the pandemic. (Williston Herald)

COMMENTARY:
Clean energy advocates say Consumers Energy’s upcoming long-term energy plan is a chance for the Michigan utility to double down on renewable energy, speed up coal plant closures and avoid new natural gas plants. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Illinois would see billions of dollars in public health benefits with a widespread transition to electric vehicles, says the president and CEO of the American Lung Association. (Daily Herald)

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