Midwest Energy News

Ohio lawmakers rush to reconvene for nuclear vote

OVERSIGHT: Two appointments to the Michigan Public Service Commission this year give the three-member body a majority of members with clean energy expertise. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• Ohio House lawmakers could vote as early as today on a bill for nuclear subsidies, a week earlier than planned. (Toledo Blade)
• State officials canceled plans to send a state plane to pick up lawmakers in Chicago for the vote. (Columbus Dispatch)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Ford Motor Co. says an electric prototype of its F-150 truck can tow more than 1 million pounds, eclipsing the towing capacity of other electric truck models. (Detroit News)
• A suburb of Columbus, Ohio, applies for utility grants to install two fast-charging electric vehicle stations. (ThisWeek Community News)

POLITICS: A former Michigan lawmaker who helped overhaul the state’s energy laws in 2016 is linked to an energy nonprofit that could accept unlimited amounts of money from secret donors. (Michigan Campaign Finance Network)

GRID: Transmission company ATC identified a potential problem with equipment in Madison, Wisconsin, that would explode days later and cause power outages on the hottest day of the year. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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WIND: NextEra donates turbine components for a South Dakota technical school’s wind energy training program. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

COMMENTARY:
• Two Ohio editorial boards say state lawmakers should amend a nuclear subsidy bill to include support for renewable energy or else risk falling behind other states. (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade)
• The benefits of Ohio’s energy efficiency program for the state’s military and veterans is often overlooked, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A recent report predicting more intense heat waves in the Midwest is a call to action for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A Nebraska state senator says a recent conflict-of-interest issue shows the need for local wind zoning regulations. (North Platte Telegraph)

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