Midwest Energy News

Ohio nuclear bailout bill hearings begin today

OHIO: The first hearings for an Ohio bill that would collect millions of dollars from ratepayers across the state to subsidize two FirstEnergy nuclear plants, and possibly coal and gas plants as well, begin today in Columbus. (News-Herald, Energy News Network archive)

House Speaker Larry Householder, says more than $25,000 in campaign contributions from FirstEnergy did not affect the bill. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Householder claims that mandates for utilities to reduce energy use and add renewables haven’t lowered the state’s carbon footprint: “If that was the intent, they’re failing miserably.” (The Blade)

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The U.S. Supreme Court declines to take up a pair of cases challenging state nuclear subsidies in Illinois and New York. (Utility Dive)
In a statement, Illinois nuclear plant operator Exelon says the Supreme Court decision “is a win for consumers, policymakers and regulators.” (news release)

UTILITIES: Illinois’ largest utilities are not on pace to meet ambitious goals for getting customers to upgrade to smart thermostats. (Energy News Network)

A group of Minnesota credit unions unveils a new loan program designed specifically to finance residential solar projects. (Energy News Network)
An Indiana bill would prohibit homeowners associations from putting language in covenants that restricts the placement or use of solar panels. (WISH-TV)
A central Illinois county sees 29 projects selected in a state solar credit lottery, including a 1.375 MW solar farm on a water treatment facility. (Register-Mail)

Mining and pipeline companies donate vehicles, gear and funding to local police departments, raising questions about conflicts of interest. (The Intercept)
A week of hearings on Duke Energy of Ohio’s proposed central corridor pipeline extension begins in Columbus. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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COAL: A St. Louis judge will decide what to do about Ameren’s failure to install pollution controls on two area coal-fired power plants. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

WIND: While visiting an Iowa wind farm, Sen. Chuck Grassley says the industry is mature enough that it no longer needs an expiring federal tax credit. (CBS2/FOX28)

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