Midwest Energy News

Ohio Republicans move quickly to replace nuclear subsidy bill

NUCLEAR: Ohio Senate Republicans move quickly to draft a substitute bill to support two nuclear plants before lawmakers break for the summer. (Utility Dive, Toledo Blade)

ILLINOIS: Ratepayer advocates raise concerns about how ComEd’s proposed time-of-use rate pilot program would impact customers. (Energy News Network)

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POLICY: Major public utility executives say federal policy like the Affordable Clean Energy rule is far less important to their planning than states’ rules. (RTO Insider)

NATURAL GAS:
• Some major U.S. utilities embrace natural gas plants as they transition from coal while others are more aggressive on building out renewables. (New York Times)
• Dozens of residents speak out against a proposed natural gas power plant in southern Michigan before local officials take action on the project. (WLNS)

COAL: A developer buys a decommissioned coal plant along Lake Huron in Michigan and plans to demolish it and repurpose the property. (Huron Daily Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. automakers’ efforts to extend federal tax credits for electric vehicles triggers a lobbying battle from oil and natural gas companies. (Washington Post)

SOLAR:
• An Indiana zoning board approves plans for the first of three solar projects proposed by the Indiana Municipal Power Agency. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• An Illinois sewage treatment plant uses solar power to reduce its energy bills. (Effingham Daily News)

RENEWABLES: The Illinois Power Agency says more funding is needed to boost wind and solar projects if the state plans to meet a 25% renewable energy target by 2025. (North American Windpower)

TRANSPORTATION: Members of Congress from Michigan and Illinois urge the Trump administration to adopt a national fuel economy standard. (Michigan Advance)

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CLIMATE: St. Paul joins other Minnesota cities in setting ambitious climate change goals for the coming decades. (MinnPost)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board calls attempts to subsidize two nuclear plants while dismantling clean energy programs a “naked money grab.” (Toledo Blade)
• The Midwest’s clean transportation sector is positioned to build on its automotive manufacturing legacy, clean energy advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• U.S. Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota makes the case for a national net-zero carbon emissions policy by 2050. (SW News Media)
• A watchdog group’s analysis shows utilities that have pledged deep decarbonization efforts plan to slow their pace over the next decade. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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