Midwest Energy News

Trump raises possibility of emergency order to save coal, nuclear plants

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Illinois policymakers plan for a greater number of electric vehicles and how they can benefit the grid, utilities and ratepayers. (Midwest Energy News)
• A short-term car-rental service in Minnesota partners with Xcel Energy to develop an all-electric fleet. (Minnesota Public Radio)

GRID: President Trump makes off-the-cuff remarks that the administration is considering an emergency order to save uneconomic coal and nuclear plants in PJM’s territory. (Utility Dive)

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NUCLEAR: It’s unclear whether clean energy supporters would back a compromise to keep FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants open in Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Ohio regulators want more information from a FirstEnergy subsidiary as it offers consumer contracts for up to three years despite filing for bankruptcy. (Toledo Blade)
• A wind industry consultant says Nebraska public utilities’ effort to keep cost data private hurts ratepayers. (Omaha World-Herald)

OIL AND GAS: Environmental groups deliver 10,000 signatures to DTE Energy’s Detroit headquarters opposing the company’s plan to build a $1 billion natural gas plant. (Detroit News)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota regulators say they failed to properly investigate a solar installer that has been the source of numerous customer complaints. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Advocates believe Indiana’s solar industry will overcome recent policy setbacks. (Goshen Daily News)
• Developers are preparing to build the first community solar project in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Pioneer Press)
• Geronimo Energy proposes a 20 megawatt solar project in southeastern Michigan. (Port Huron Times Herald)

COAL:
• We Energies promises residents it will take steps to limit coal dust exposure at one of its Wisconsin plants. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie coal plant permanently closes a week ahead of schedule. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• North Dakota political rivals Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Kramer tout their records of supporting the state’s coal industry. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Illinois lawmakers consider allowing other developers to pursue a “clean coal” project at the failed FutureGen site. (Southern Illinoisan)

PIPELINES: A pipeline leak in North Dakota spilled 2,100 gallons of oil and produced water, some of it in a waterway. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION:
• Officials find no observable signs of pollution in the Straits of Mackinac after fluids leaked from an underwater transmission line. (MLive)
• The situation is not disrupting grid reliability in the Upper Peninsula, which is being serviced by electricity from Wisconsin. (RTO Insider)

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WIND: A proposed wind project in Iowa is on hold after some residents express concerns to county officials. (KCCI)

COMMENTARY:
• Ohio gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich, “a long-standing opponent to nuclear power,” advocates for a longer phase out for plant closures. (Forbes)
• A Vox writer says it’s “nuts” that environmental groups aren’t taking a stronger stance to keep nuclear plants open for their emissions-free generation.
• A University of Michigan researcher says rolling back fuel efficiency standards is not justified by either a lack of technical know-how or low gasoline prices. (The Conversation)

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