Midwest Energy News

Ohio House passes nuclear bailout after nudge from Trump operative

OHIO:
• The Ohio House passes a controversial bill providing subsidies to nuclear and coal plants while scaling back clean energy programs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• The vote followed a last-minute push by a Trump campaign operative who warned plant closures could harm the president’s re-election chances. (Politico)

PIPELINES: Michigan’s attorney general vows to take action to decommission Line 5 in the next month if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer doesn’t reach a deal to do so with Enbridge. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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SOLAR:
• A company offering residential solar subscriptions in Minnesota says policy changes are needed to ensure residential customers continue to see community solar opportunities. (Energy News Network)
• A solar developer sues the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and We Energies, seeking a ruling that would allow developers to own projects that provide electricity to one customer. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A northern Michigan airport considers partnering with the local utility on a potential 10 MW solar project. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Wisconsin GOP lawmaker introduces a bill to earmark more than $10 million of Volkswagen settlement funds for matching grants for public electric vehicle charging stations. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Consumers Energy formally launches a $10 million electric vehicle program that includes rebates for various types of charging infrastructure. (UpNorthLive)

CARBON CAPTURE: Indiana lawmakers will not conduct a further study of underground carbon storage potential. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota officials consider an unprecedented request to extend a company’s mineral lease for another year. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota’s electricity consumption is estimated to increase by up to 70% in the next 20 years due largely to expanded oil and gas activity. (Associated Press)
• A state-run pilot program providing additional oversight of oil train traffic will likely be made permanent in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

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GRID: Indiana Michigan Power says its proposed rate increase would fund grid modernization projects to reduce the number and duration of outages. (Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates offer Michigan ratepayers a primer on how they can be involved in the ratemaking process with state regulators. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An analyst says frac sand mining companies face pressure from a supply and demand imbalance and a lack of capital expenditures from U.S. shale drillers. (Forbes)
• An Illinois editorial board endorses a state bill adding stronger requirements for coal ash storage sites: “Now, let’s get the cleanups going.” (Champaign News-Gazette)
• Researchers say overbuilding wind and solar while using curtailment are a key to the least expensive way to a grid powered by renewables. (GreenBiz)

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