Midwest Energy News

Top Ohio lawmaker wants to keep nuclear plants open

POLLUTION: The multi-state agency in charge of setting pollution standards for the Ohio River faces a push to end its core mission. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Electric vehicles can’t do it alone: A recent report says low-polluting biofuels will need to play a role in reducing carbon emissions from transportation. (Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR: The new House speaker in Ohio supports preserving two FirstEnergy nuclear plants as zero-emission assets. (Toledo Blade)

WIND:
• County planners in mid-Michigan advance plans for a major wind project spanning five townships. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)
• Supporters and opponents prepare for a drawn-out public dispute over plans for a $300 million wind project in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Utility NIPSCO plans three wind projects in northwestern Indiana. (WLFI)

CYBERSECURITY: Duke Energy agreed to pay a record $10 million fine to settle 127 violations of security standards to protect the grid, according to sources. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
• Ohio activists pushing local fracking bans join a federal lawsuit accusing state officials of violating their constitutional rights. (WFMJ)
• A malfunctioning flare at a Detroit refinery created a pungent odor over the weekend. (Detroit Free Press)
• Indiana utility Vectren awaits regulatory approval for a natural gas plant to replace a retiring coal plant. (Evansville Courier & Press)

PIPELINES: The Trump administration appeals a federal court ruling blocking a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

GRID: Last week’s polar vortex sparked another debate over the role of coal, natural gas and renewables during harsh weather events. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: A high-voltage transmission line in western Wisconsin is completed roughly $60 million below budget. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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RENEWABLES: Corporate interest in renewable energy agreements isn’t likely to wane as federal tax credits expire, analysts say. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio editorial board says state regulators should encourage AEP’s plans to build 400 MW of solar. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says in the wake of the polar vortex that climate change needs to be addressed and energy supplies meet the state’s needs. (Detroit Free Press)

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