Midwest Energy News

Ohio nuclear bailout faces potential ballot challenge

OHIO: Gov. Mike DeWine signs a bill that gives $150 million annually in subsidies to nuclear and coal plants while scaling back the state’s renewable and efficiency standards. (Columbus Dispatch)

ALSO:
• A coalition of independent power producers and environmental groups plan a referendum to put the issue to voters in November 2020. (Utility Dive)
• Critics say the biggest impact of the bill is the “muting of Ohio’s renewable and efficiency standards,” continuing Ohio’s trajectory against clean energy policies. (E&E News subscription, InsideClimate News)

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SOLAR:
• A 230 MW solar project planned in Nebraska would be five times larger than all existing solar in the state combined. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• Invenergy proposes a 200 MW solar project in southwestern Michigan that would be one of the largest in the state. (Battle Creek Enquirer)
• A solar group-buying program near St. Louis continues for its third year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Solar advocates say installations can help lower electricity bills in central Illinois. (WMBD)
• Local officials approve a 2 MW community solar project in Iowa. (Iowa State Daily)

PIPELINES:
• A tribe in northern Wisconsin sues Enbridge, claiming the Line 5 pipeline trespasses and endangers their land. (MLive)
• Like Line 5 in Michigan, Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is elevated to a national political issue as presidential candidate Jay Inslee announces his opposition to an expansion of the pipeline. (MinnPost)

RENEWABLES: An Illinois law set to take effect Jan. 1 upends the business model of companies that sell renewable energy at retail by switching to a fixed price model. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

CLIMATE: U.S. House Democrats release a climate plan calling for net-zero emissions by 2050 that analysts say is a centrist alternative to the Green New Deal. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol supporters release a national television ad praising President Trump for supporting the industry. (Associated Press)

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WIND: Supporters of a proposed northern Ohio wind farm cite the project’s $56 million potential economic impact while critics raise nuisance and wildlife concerns. (Toledo Blade)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says the passing of nuclear subsidies shows what “relentless lobbying and advertising, and campaign donations, can accomplish at the Statehouse.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Environmental activists say Dane County in Wisconsin has an opportunity to lead by declaring a climate change emergency. (Madison Capital Times)

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