Midwest Energy News

Opponents drop effort to repeal Ohio nuclear, coal bailout

POWER PLANTS: An effort to repeal Ohio’s bailout for nuclear and coal plants is dead after organizers drop their court appeals. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

ALSO: Midwest utilities are vulnerable to extreme heat and flooding, according to a Moody’s report that cites plants owned by Ameren and AES, as well as Xcel Energy plants in the Southwest. (Utility Dive, Star Tribune)

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POLICY:
• Critics say a ruling by federal regulators could price many renewables out of the PJM capacity market while driving up prices for consumers. (Energy News Network)
• PJM says the ruling “may have paradoxically unintended consequences over time and may result in less economic efficiency.” (Utility Dive)

COAL:
A bill meant to stall coal plant retirements and the shift to gas and renewables in Indiana moves out of committee to the House floor. (Indianapolis Star)
• Michigan and Illinois join three other states to raise concerns about the U.S. EPA’s effort to rollback Obama-era regulations on disposing coal ash. (The Hill)

PIPELINES:
• A South Dakota board approves five water permits for the Keystone XL pipeline after contentious hearings over the past four months. (Associated Press)
• The Trump administration approves a right-of-way for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross federal land in Montana, a key approval for the project to move forward. (Associated Press)
• A Michigan official finds it “disconcerting” that Enbridge didn’t tell the state about debris left in the Straits of Mackinac for two months and then mischaracterized the material. (Detroit Free Press)

UTILITIES: Most Midwest states took action last year to reform rate designs, regulatory structures or utility business models. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Michigan revises tax breaks for General Motors in exchange for the company’s agreement to spend at least $3.5 billion more over 10 years including building electric trucks in Detroit. (Associated Press)
• Amazon joins a new industry group set up to help companies electrify their vehicle fleets and support electrification policies. (Seattle Times)

SOLAR:
• Milwaukee’s solar group-buying program had its most successful year yet in 2019 with 48 homeowners adding installations. (Milwaukee Independent)
• A southern Illinois school district moves forward with solar installations at multiple schools that are expected to cut electricity costs. (AdVantage News)
• A solar project installed two years ago in eastern Missouri is working as city officials expected. (Park Hills Daily Journal)
• A solar installation is completed at a city bus garage in Madison, Wisconsin. (Badger Herald)

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