Midwest Energy News

Trump’s coal bailout plan falters over cost concerns

COAL: Sources say the White House has shelved a plan to prop up uneconomic coal plants by invoking national security concerns, in part because “the political will to pay for it is not broadly there.” (Politico)

ALSO: An Illinois official says a permit for a proposed coal mine is expected to be issued this fall, while opponents have long said the project threatens a nearby scenic river. (News-Gazette, Energy News Network archive)

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PIPELINES:
• The U.S. Coast Guard establishes a no-anchor zone in the Straits of Mackinac to prevent damage to utility lines and the Line 5 3 oil pipeline. (MLive)
• A Mackinac Island ferry operator questions why the Line 5 3 pipeline wasn’t shut down during rough weather in September. (Detroit News)

TRANSMISSION: A decision by federal regulators will help clear the way for a proposed transmission line buried within a railroad corridor from Iowa to Illinois that will help open up markets for wind energy. Background on the project here. (Platts, Energy News Network archive)

SOLAR: Solar developers say delays in establishing an incentive program in Illinois have led to a “waterfall of problems” and the risk of a “terribly inefficient market.” (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
• Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan calls for an end to third-party residential electricity sales after announcing a $2.65 million settlement with a company accused of using misleading marketing tactics. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Opponents of a Minnesota utility’s proposed 550 MW natural gas plant say the project is not needed. (Duluth News Tribune)
• An Illinois school district struggles as the new owners of a nearby power plant are reluctant to pay their property taxes. (Southern Illinoisan)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A utility plans four new electric vehicle charging stations in northeast Minnesota, each of which will be powered in part by a 5 kW solar array. (Lake County News Chronicle)
• Missouri engineers seek to develop a system for charging an electric car in ten minutes. (St. Louis Public Radio)

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POLITICS: A question about climate change in an Ohio U.S. Senate debate veers into a dispute over who supports coal miners more. (Media Matters)

COMMENTARY:
A Michigan regulator says she is “adamant” that customers should benefit from utilities’ federal tax breaks. (Bridge)
Clean air advocates highlight the pollution impacts of a Detroit trash incinerator. (Detroit News)
Rural communities are demonstrating the viability of clean energy. (Scienceline)

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