Midwest Energy News

Ohio nuclear, coal bailout likely to stall new gas plants

POWER PLANTS: Critics of Ohio’s new coal and nuclear subsidies say they will likely stall construction of new natural gas plants in Ohio. (S&P Global)

ALSO:
• American Electric Power’s CEO praises Ohio’s new law providing subsidies to nuclear and coal plants during a second-quarter earnings call. (RTO Insider)
• The Ohio law is the first successful effort to directly bail out uneconomic coal plants after failed efforts in other states and by the Trump administration. (E&E News, subscription)
• Why state officials canceled plans to fly three Ohio lawmakers home from Chicago on a state-owned plane before the scheduled vote. (Columbus Dispatch)

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STORAGE: Critics say a proposal by grid operator PJM will make it tougher for battery storage to compete with fossil fuel plants in wholesale markets. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• A 71-turbine wind project is still planned in northern Ohio despite the state’s coal and nuclear bailout that also scales back clean energy standards. (Sandusky Register)
• Ameren Missouri scraps plans for a 157 MW wind project in northwestern Missouri, citing the cost of transmission upgrades. (St. Louis Business Journal)
• South Dakota regulators approve plans for a 200 MW wind project, though the developer seeks a buyer for the power before construction starts. (news release)
• Developers look to expand a Minnesota wind project by adding up to 30 turbines in two Iowa counties. (KTIV)

SOLAR: A municipal utility in Wisconsin considers building a community solar project in response to customer demand. (Superior Telegram)

CLEAN ENERGY: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s 100% clean power goal by 2050 aligns with major utilities in the state. (Bemidji Pioneer)

BIOFUELS: The CEO of a Nebraska-based ethanol producer says the industry is set to decline due to the ongoing trade war with China and waivers provided to small oil refiners. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES: Automakers in Michigan help drive renewable energy development through power purchase agreements. (Michigan Radio)

NATURAL GAS: Some natural gas units in Missouri are among those across the U.S. that are little used despite being fewer than 20 years old. (S&P Global)

EMISSIONS: Detroit receives a $2.6 million federal grant to focus on low-emission and zero-emission forms of transportation. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s two largest cities could adopt additional policies to encourage energy efficiency, according to a new report. (Detroit Metro Times)

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GRID: The cleanup from an electrical transformer fire in Madison, Wisconsin, is expected to take another two months, raising questions about potentially hazardous materials. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say cities can transition to electric bus fleets while providing jobs to disadvantaged communities. (Governing)
• A Minnesota researcher says building out fossil fuel infrastructure would lock in long-term costs for consumers and increase pollution and emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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