Midwest Energy News

Ohio lawmakers hear conflicting testimony on nuclear plant profitability

OHIO: State lawmakers receive conflicting testimony about whether FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants are profitable. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO:
• Lawmakers will likely have to decide by the end of the month whether to provide subsidies for the two plants. (Toledo Blade)
• Bowling Green’s city council opposes the nuclear bailout bill, saying it could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• Enbridge’s timeline to replace Line 3 in Minnesota could be pushed back further after a ruling from a state appeals court. (MinnPost)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to reach a “conceptual agreement” with Enbridge within a week about the future of Line 5. (Detroit News)

SOLAR:
• Three years after the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota, tribes are pushing for more solar energy in the region. (Rolling Stone)
• Anheuser-Busch signs a power purchase agreement for a 222 MW solar project that will help it meet its goal to purchase 100% renewable energy. (Greentech Media)
• A city in southeastern Nebraska considers whether to partner with other cities on a jointly owned solar project. (KWBE)

EFFICIENCY: A new ordinance in Des Moines, Iowa, requires about 800 buildings to report their energy usage to the city in an effort to promote energy efficiency. (WHO-TV)

COAL ASH: Environmental groups say contamination from coal ash storage sites is a statewide crisis in Illinois, while some communities are at higher risk than others. (Great Lakes Echo)

STORAGE: Battery storage will play a larger role in Wisconsin as utilities rely more on renewable energy. (WUWM)

CLIMATE: Presidential contender and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee discusses climate change and transitioning from fossil fuels during a campaign stop in Detroit. (Michigan Advance)

CLEAN ENERGY: Cleveland is among U.S. cities with a strong push for clean energy despite a lack of federal and statewide policy. (GreenBiz)

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BIOFUELS: President Trump is expected to visit an ethanol refinery during a stop in Iowa next week. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY: A clean energy analyst says coal plants in competitive wholesale markets are being run uneconomically and accrue significant losses for months at a time that are paid by utility customers. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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