Midwest Energy News

Ohio town faces uncertainty ahead of likely nuclear plant closure

EFFICIENCY:
• Critics say a new law in Iowa will “eviscerate” the state’s energy efficiency programs. (Midwest Energy News)
• A northwestern Indiana city approves energy efficiency projects at city-owned buildings that are expected to pay for themselves over time. (La Porte County Herald-Argus)

SOLAR:
• The future of residential solar in Michigan is uncertain ahead of a new program that will replace net metering. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Columbus, Ohio, company sees increased demand as it focuses on manufacturing materials for thin-film solar panels. (Columbus Business First)
• If voters in Athens, Ohio, approve a carbon fee to fund renewable energy projects, county officials also plan to set aside money for solar projects. (Athens News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Chicago startup looks to use blockchain software to reduce the time and transaction cost associated with the sale of clean energy. (Midwest Energy News)

NUCLEAR:
• A small town in northern Ohio faces economic uncertainty with the likely closure of a FirstEnergy nuclear plant. (Toledo Blade)
• Communities across the country have seen a dwindling tax bases when nuclear plants close. (Toledo Blade)

FRAC SAND:
• Winona County in Minnesota goes to court today to defend its ban on frac sand mining. (Associated Press)
• A Wisconsin judge rules the state’s environmental agency improperly gave permits for a frac sand processing facility that would have destroyed wetlands. (Associated Press)

WIND: Central Iowa residents form a coalition to block wind energy development. (KCCI)

OIL AND GAS: Residents near a recent explosion at a Wisconsin oil refinery are concerned about possible soil contamination. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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TRANSPORTATION: The Trump Administration’s effort to weaken vehicle pollution requirements could create a split U.S. market where fuel-efficient cars are concentrated in mostly Democratic states. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board says coal and nuclear plant closings are not national security risks in need of a public bailout.
• The U.S. Energy Information Administration is routinely off the mark in projecting the decline of the coal industry, clean energy analysts say. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• A columnist says Wisconsin is backsliding on environmental programs, particularly as neighboring states seek renewable energy development. (Madison Capital Times)

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