Midwest Energy News

One vote left as Ohio Senate passes nuclear bailout

RENEWABLES: The state agency responsible for procuring power for Illinois utilities says the state is falling short of meeting renewable energy targets with existing funding and incentives. (Energy News Network)

• The state Senate passes its version of a bill to subsidize two FirstEnergy nuclear plants while scaling back clean energy programs. (Columbus Dispatch)
• The state House is expected to take up the revisions on Aug. 1 due to the absence Wednesday of four key “yes” votes. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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COAL ASH: Groundwater contamination from flooded coal ash storage sites is an ongoing concern in Ohio, which just saw its wettest 12-month period on record. (Energy News Network)

• A Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff report recommends the agency cut back inspections at U.S. nuclear plants, most of which are reaching the end of their useful life. (New York Times)
• Federal policy may be necessary for nuclear to continue to play a role in the energy sector’s decarbonization transition, advocates say. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: A variety of permitting challenges delay plans for a large-scale solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Racine Journal Times)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota asks the federal government to intervene in a dispute with Washington state over new restrictions on shipping oil by rail. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Cincinnati plans to add 20 electric vehicles to its fleet by the end of 2020, along with 162 charging stations. (WVXU)

TRANSMISSION: Three Wisconsin lawmakers want state regulators to consider hundreds of residents’ opposition to a controversial proposed power line when deciding on the project. (Wisconsin State Journal)

CLIMATE: Milwaukee considers creating a climate change task force to examine ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, among other initiatives. (WUWM)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin officials seek public comment on a proposed 959-acre frac sand mine. (La Crosse Tribune)

• The manager of a propane supply company in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula says the state should have a backup plan before it moves to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• A program in Minnesota offers rural communities a way to raise their concerns and work through issues around renewable energy development. (Daily Yonder)

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