Midwest Energy News

Vistra agrees to close four Illinois coal plants

COAL:
• Vistra plans to close four downstate Illinois coal plants to comply with stricter statewide emission regulations. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• The decision may create urgency for state lawmakers to act on proposed clean energy legislation. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: Two Chicago entrepreneurs hope energy efficiency and solar can help provide quality housing for low-income residents and avoid gentrification. (Energy News Network)

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WIND: Ohio regulators appear satisfied with a settlement that could lead to the first offshore wind project in Lake Erie. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Advocates see potential for solar growth in Wisconsin, though questions remain about the role of third-party developers. (Shepherd Express)
• An Illinois solar advocate says more state funding is needed for incentives to bolster projects across the state. (Northern Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Environmental groups want to see Minnesota invest in more electric vehicles for fleets and buses with millions of dollars in Volkswagen settlement funds. (MinnPost)
• A Wisconsin utility partners with Lyft to offer a $500 bonus to electric vehicle drivers who sign up to drive with the ride-service company. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota officials consider ways to improve transparency after acknowledging a 2015 gas plant spill was much larger than initially reported. (Forum News Service)
• State officials were not immediately able to answer whether additional spills or leaks have been underreported. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: President Trump attacks Ford as the automaker reaches an agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules the administration is trying to scale back. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds asks the U.S. EPA to help farmers recover from lost corn sales for ethanol due to renewable fuel waivers. (KCCI)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Consumers Energy officials tout energy efficiency as they tour the state in support of its long-term clean energy plan. (WLNS)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say they are disappointed Vistra is closing four of its more expensive coal plants outfitted with pollution control equipment rather than its more polluting plants. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• The chairman of DTE Energy says a recent op-ed by the Sierra Club “badly misrepresents” the company’s plan to reduce carbon emissions and transition to renewables. (Bridge Magazine)

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