Midwest Energy News

Trump bailout plan for power plants draws skepticism

POWER PLANTS: Grid operator PJM reasserts that FirstEnergy’s struggling nuclear and coal plants are not needed for reliability while hinting that there may be questions about the legality of the Trump administration’s effort to subsidize them. (Toledo Blade)

ALSO: Advocates seek assurances that the public will not be left to pick up the cost of decommissioning the plants when they shut down. (Midwest Energy News)

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EFFICIENCY: The city of Minneapolis is considering allowing on-bill financing to support energy efficiency projects. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• A new solar array at a Michigan fruit processing facility will offset nearly all of its energy usage. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• Interest in community solar is surging in Nebraska. (Associated Press)
• A local tech firm plans to buy shares of a Nebraska city’s 5 MW solar farm, which was built after losing a bid for a Facebook data center to Iowa. (Kearney Hub)

GRID:
• An innovative microgrid project is unveiled at a Wisconsin nature preserve. (Microgrid Knowledge)
• A transmission line failure in Indiana provided the first test of a new reliability program implemented by grid operator PJM in 2015. (RTO Insider)

COAL:
• An Ohio utility announced Friday it has shuttered two coal plants totaling more than 2.3 GW of capacity. (Kallanish Energy)
• A Michigan coal plant has reduced sulfur dioxide emissions by more than 60 percent. (MLive)

COAL ASH: An Indiana effort to block out-of-state coal ash highlights problems with existing storage sites. (Eagle Country)

PIPELINES: Supporters of expanding an Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota hosted a lunch with the company’s CEO last week. (WDIO)

OIL AND GAS: Neighbors of a Wisconsin refinery are still assessing the impacts of an explosion and fire in April. (Minnesota Public Radio)

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COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say Ohio policymakers should follow the health care industry’s lead on clean energy. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)
• A Minnesota advocate highlights the economic benefits of wind energy for rural communities. (MinnPost)

CORRECTION: An item in Friday’s digest misspelled the acronym of an Indiana utility — it is NIPSCO, not NOPSCO.

 

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