Midwest Energy News

Radioactive material found in groundwater near decommissioned Wisconsin nuclear plant

• Critics say Dynegy’s proposal for new capacity payments to help its Illinois coal plants is unnecessary since there is “more than enough” generation available in the state. (Midwest Energy News)
• We Energies says it is considering doing coal dust testing and air quality monitoring near one of its Wisconsin coal plants following residents’ concerns. (Racine County Eye)

NUCLEAR: Elevated levels of radioactive material are found in groundwater at a decommissioned nuclear plant in western Wisconsin, though officials say it’s not a public health threat. (La Crosse Tribune)

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PIPELINES: Enbridge begins subsurface sampling along the Straits of Mackinac to identify potential alternatives to its Line 5 pipeline, such as burying it underground. (Petoskey News-Review)

RENEWABLES: Michigan is among three states with ballot initiatives underway to increase renewable energy requirements, sparking a discussion of whether standards are still needed to drive sector growth. (Utility Dive)

• Michigan agriculture businesses are saving tens of thousands of dollars a year by partnering with utilities on energy efficiency programs. (Brownfield)
• Students at a suburban Chicago middle school learn the intricacies of power generation and how energy audits are used to promote efficiency. (Daily Southtown)

• For the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska, installing solar panels is an act of sovereignty. (Sioux City Journal)
• County officials west of Chicago approve plans for a 7.4-acre solar project that will power a local courthouse. (Aurora Beacon-News)

POLITICS: Grid operator PJM denies claims by a watchdog group that it made illegal political donations with electricity ratepayers’ money. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND: Construction begins on a 300-megawatt wind farm in Kansas. (High Plains Journal)

• The developer of a planned $7.5 billion ethane “cracker” plant, which repurposes byproducts from natural gas production, in Ohio announces a new partner to help with finance and construction. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Equipment failure caused a 160-barrel oil spill Sunday in western North Dakota, some of which affected agricultural land. (Bismarck Tribune)
• North Dakota lawmakers approve new rules requiring oil companies to clearly explain deductions taken from royalty payments. (Bismarck Tribune)

CLIMATE: Minnesota cities are “taking it upon themselves” to develop climate action plans as federal efforts fade. (City Pages)

CLEAN ENERGY: Ohio State University launches an initiative to power more campus research labs with clean energy. (Columbus Business First)

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• The director of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources says the possibility of closing the Line 5 pipeline is still on the table. (Detroit Free Press)
• Energy analysts say there is little evidence that exports will help revive the U.S. coal sector. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

MORE FROM THE ENERGY NEWS NETWORK: Solar advocates worry if Virginia-based Dominion Energy’s proposed purchase of SCANA goes through, it will be a setback to solar energy in South Carolina. (Southeast Energy News)

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