Midwest Energy News

Stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel along Great Lakes raise concerns

NUCLEAR:  Stockpiles of power plants’ spent nuclear fuel sit along the shores of four Great Lakes and pose an alarming threat, water advocates and industry watchdogs say. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO: FirstEnergy Solutions begins lobbying and advocacy campaigns for legislation that includes customer subsidies to save two Ohio nuclear plants. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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COAL:
• The Illinois Pollution Control board takes public comments on amended emissions rules that advocates say still don’t do enough to curb air pollution from Dynegy’s aging coal plants. (Energy News Network)
• Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota disagree during a debate over the best way to use the state’s coal resources. (E&E News, subscription)

SMART METERS: A survey finds utility customers want real-time data on their energy usage but are cautious about the way companies manage the information. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Kinder Morgan abandons a plan to send natural gas liquids from Ohio across six states to Texas via a repurposed 75-year-old pipeline. (InsideClimate News)
• A North Dakota board says it has spent an unusual amount of money on a case against the company that handled security for Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• The number of solar installations increases in Michigan and Ohio, though advocates say barriers remain in both states. (Crain’s Detroit Business, Columbus Dispatch)
• County officials in Ohio are determining whether five polluted Superfund sites could be used for solar projects. (Ashtabula Star Beacon)
• Some central Indiana residents are concerned about plans for a 1,200-acre solar project on a private farm. (RTV6)
• An Illinois community college moves forward with plans for a 15-acre solar project that will meet at least 30 percent of its energy needs. (Kankakee Daily Journal)

MICROGRIDS: Ohio researchers propose plans for a $100 million microgrid in downtown Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FRAC SAND: A shift from higher-grade sand used for oil production in Texas and New Mexico is hurting frac sand producers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

BIOMASS: The University of Iowa’s shift from coal is one of many ongoing efforts to use biomass as an “untapped resource” across the state. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

HYDROELECTRIC: Federal regulators say they will not delay a decision to shut down a Michigan hydroelectric dam over safety violations. (RTO Insider)

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OIL & GAS: Plans move forward for a new wastewater injection well in southwestern South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• An attorney and climate activist says Minnesota can tap into its history of technological innovation to solve the climate crisis. (MinnPost)
• Next month’s midterm election has the potential to shift the course of federal policy on climate change, a Mother Jones writer says.

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