Midwest Energy News

Support for coal, nuclear plants sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ AGs say

PIPELINES: A tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac holding Line 5 and electric transmission lines could cost more than half a billion dollars and take seven years to build, according to a new analysis. (Midwest Energy News)

• The Illinois attorney general joins others in calling FirstEnergy Solutions’ request for relief for its coal and nuclear plants a “grave abuse of the federal power act” that would set a “dangerous precedent.” (Toledo Blade)
• Five of the six U.S. grid operators agree that federal regulators should not direct changes to power plant compensation based on resilience. (Utility Dive)

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• Zoning regulations stall in an eastern South Dakota county as local officials disagree on stricter wind turbine setback distances. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• Some Iowa residents continue to organize against wind turbines as new projects are developed. (Spencer Daily Reporter)

COAL: Indiana’s coal industry remains stable compared to other states where the sector has been hurt by cheap natural gas. (WBAA)

• A 20-acre solar project will be a central Illinois county’s first. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• Some northern Illinois residents object to placing a 2 megawatt solar project on “prime farmland.” (La Salle News Tribune)
• Renew Wisconsin’s grant program will issue $145,000 to 15 Wisconsin nonprofits to help pay for solar installations. (Milwaukee Daily Reporter)
• Advocates wonder whether Missouri will follow California in requiring solar panels to be installed on new houses. (OzarksFirst.com)

UTILITIES: A scandal surrounding Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens creates uncertainty over utility-backed ratemaking reforms before the state Legislature. (E&E News, subscription)

FRAC SAND: A company argues a Minnesota county’s ban on frac sand mining is a “hoarding” of natural resources, “partly for economic reasons, partly for political reasons.” (Minnesota Public Radio)

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RENEWABLES: Utility I&M now offers a “green power option” to its Michigan customers who want to purchase renewable energy. (WSJM)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An electric vehicle festival will be held next month in northeastern Iowa. (Waterloo Courier)

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