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Ohio lawmaker wants to let customers opt out of FirstEnergy nuclear subsidy

EFFICIENCY: Analysts say the decision by Ohio lawmakers to weaken state energy efficiency requirements was clearly reflected in PJM’s latest capacity auction. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• Exelon says it will close its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania — the site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history — unless the state steps in to keep it open. (NPR)
• Ohio Republican Rep. Bill Seitz floats a plan to allow customers to opt out of paying a charge to keep struggling nuclear plants open. (WKSU)
• A Canadian company remains interested in storing nuclear waste underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, saying other options could delay the project 15 years or more. (Associated Press)

***SPONSORED LINK: Smart Cities Technologies in Wisconsin is taking place on June 6 in Milwaukee. Organized by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the City of Milwaukee, this workshop will explore how cities like Milwaukee are adopting Smart Cities Technologies. Register before June 2. ***

WIND: As utilities increasingly shift to wind generation, the sector faces increasing political pressure from the Trump administration. (New York Times)

OIL AND GAS:
• The U.S. EPA is investigating air emissions from two North Dakota oil well sites where workers died in 2012 and 2014 from toxic vapors. (E&E News)
• A Kansas-based company applies for a high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing permit in southern Illinois. (Southern Illinoisan)

EMISSIONS: Xcel Energy says it cut its carbon emissions 30 percent between 2005 and 2016 across its eight-state service territory. (Denver Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• A Minnesota city with the largest landfill solar project in the state is recognized for its commitment to solar. (Hutchinson Leader)
• Another Minnesota city approves subscription costs for a forthcoming community solar project. (St. Peter Herald)

ADVOCACY: The former Missouri Public Counsel, who advocated on behalf of ratepayers before utility regulators, is the new head of the advocacy group Renew Missouri. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

SMART METERS: Researchers at a university in Canada say smart meters and time-of-use pricing have only modestly reduced residential energy demand during the most expensive peak periods. (Phys.org)

COMMENTARY: A South Dakota-based columnist says maintaining a national petroleum reserve is a “costly and unnecessary solution to a problem we will probably never have.” (Watertown Public Opinion)

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