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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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