Midwest Energy News

Ohio nuclear bill changes create ‘just a straight bailout’

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Most states are missing opportunities to jumpstart transportation electrification using Volkswagen settlement funds, according to a report from two advocacy groups. (Energy News Network)

OHIO:
• House Republicans remove incentives for clean energy from a bill to subsidize nuclear power plants, which Democrats say is now “just a straight bailout” for FirstEnergy. (Toledo Blade)
• The changes would also allow Ohio Valley Electric to charge ratepayers to subsidize two coal plants in Ohio and Indiana. (Columbus Dispatch)

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MICROGRIDS: Clean energy and community advocates urge ComEd to use renewables as the utility scales up a microgrid project in Chicago. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Author and activist Bill McKibben joins environmental groups in calling on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to avoid making a deal with Enbridge on a pipeline tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

SOLAR:
• Indiana is poised to have hundreds of megawatts of solar power come online in the coming years. (PV Magazine)
• Local officials reject plans for a solar installation at a water treatment plant in eastern Illinois. (Danville Commercial-News)
• Madison, Wisconsin, launches a grant program to help expand residential solar projects. (WKOW)
• Wisconsin residents gather to oppose We Energies’ plan to impose fees on rooftop solar customers. (Patch)

POWER PLANTS:
• Xcel Energy’s CEO says baseload nuclear or gas plants will still be needed under the company’s 100% carbon-free electricity goal by 2050. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Xcel is the latest utility in grid operator MISO’s territory to retire its coal fleet or announce deep decarbonization plans. (RTO Insider)

DIVESTMENT: Doane University becomes the first college in Nebraska to divest from fossil fuels. (KLKN)

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WIND: The wind industry has been a boon for Minnesota’s economy and reliably powers the grid, despite President Trump’s claims against the industry. (WCCO)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say Illinois clean energy legislation would help expand access to electric vehicles in low-income areas. (Environmental Defense Fund)

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