NUCLEAR: An Exelon nuclear plant in Illinois did not clear the latest PJM capacity auction, as low prices suggest a challenging market for demand response and coal plants as well. (Quad-City Times, Greentech Media, POWER magazine)

• Officials from northwest Ohio ask state lawmakers to repeal restrictions on wind farms, as an industry report suggest the rules will prevent nearly $1.6 billion in economic development. (Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• An Iowa researcher says his design for concrete wind towers passed stress tests and will be viable for turbines up to 460 feet tall; more information on the technology here. (news release, Midwest Energy News archive)

***SPONSORED LINK: Smart Cities Technologies in Wisconsin is taking place on June 6 in Milwaukee. Organized by the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the City of Milwaukee, this workshop will explore how cities like Milwaukee are adopting Smart Cities Technologies. Register before June 2. ***

EFFICIENCY: How a training program for building operators is helping unlock energy savings in Michigan and elsewhere. (Midwest Energy News)

• A bill introduced by Michigan’s U.S. senators would make it easier to shut down pipelines and raise liability caps on owners. (Detroit Free Press)
• Activists in Ohio and Michigan seek to halt work on the Rover pipeline, saying a recent spill of drilling mud may have been twice as large as originally reported. (Livingston Daily, The Guardian)
• Nebraska’s Ponca nation continues to fight the Keystone XL pipeline. (Des Moines Register)

OIL AND GAS: State officials say an earthquake in Ohio related was likely not related to oil and gas activity. (Columbus Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: A judge reverses a decision that stopped construction on a Wisconsin transmission line. (La Crosse Tribune)

SOLAR: Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan are considering installing solar on municipal buildings as well as developing community solar options for residents. (MLive)

• The climate benefits of electric vehicles are improving as the grid becomes cleaner. (Climate Central)
• Customers of an Ohio utility can qualify for a $10,000 discount on a Nissan Leaf. (Columbus Business First)

UTILITIES: Missouri lawmakers advance a bill that would let manufacturers negotiate for lower electricity rates. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Minnesota officials seek to “electrify everything” as the state falls behind on its emission reduction goals. (Minnesota Public Radio)

• Ten reasons why Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s “baseload” study is “a transparent attempt to prop up coal and nuclear power.” (Grist) (Vox)
• Advocates argue for retail electricity choice in Kansas. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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