Midwest Energy News

Ohio Republicans seek votes for nuclear bailout

NUCLEAR: It’s unclear whether Ohio Republicans have enough votes to pass a nuclear power plant bailout bill that’s headed to a House floor vote as soon as this week. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

EFFICIENCY:
• Passive homes without a furnace or gas bill are still relatively rare and have been slow to catch on in the Chicago area. (Chicago Tribune)
• Ameren Illinois and the city of Alton will host an Energy Efficiency Day on Saturday. (Alton Daily News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Ohio breweries tap clean energy to save money, stand out on crowded cooler shelves, and help educate customers. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Madison, Wisconsin launches a new program designed to help low-income residents share in the benefits of solar energy. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL:
• There was little shock — or doom and gloom — over news about a coal plant’s early retirement in a central Minnesota community. (MPR News)
• As coal ash pollution threatens Missouri’s groundwater, a Columbia utility is nearly done excavating a coal ash dump. (Columbia Missourian)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota oil drillers are falling far short of the state’s goals to limit the burning of excess natural gas at well heads. (Associated Press)
• Nearly six years after North Dakota’s largest pipeline oil spill, landowners are still working to restore the soil on the affected area. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota regulators will hold two hearings next month on proposed oil pipeline conversions near Dickinson and Watford City. (Bismarck Tribune)

PIPELINES: Federal pipeline regulators appeal a court decision requiring them to revisit oil spill plans for Michigan’s Line 5 pipeline project. (E&E News, subscription)  

BIOFUELS: Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar calls for revamping EPA rules on how small refineries are exempted from federal biofuel laws. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new electric car sharing service could begin operating as soon as next year in the Twin Cities metro area. (Finance & Commerce, subscription)

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CLIMATE: Middle school students in Ames, Iowa, hold a climate strike at the end of their lunch hour to demand lower fossil fuel emissions. (WHO-TV)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board in southern Minnesota says Xcel Energy’s plan to retire the state’s last coal plants by 2030 is a step in the right direction. (Albert Lea Tribune)

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