Midwest Energy News

Wisconsin regulators consider requiring utility EV pilot programs

NUCLEAR: A new report warns that Midwestern nuclear plants are at risk of climate-related stresses, which could harm states’ ability to cut carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Support is growing among some Ohio lawmakers to preserve a law that supports financially struggling nuclear power plants. (Fremont News Messenger)

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WIND: Ohio regulators may reconsider a ruling next month on plans for a Lake Erie pilot wind energy project. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators consider requiring utilities to develop pilot electric vehicle programs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

UTILITIES: A feasibility study says it would be too costly for the city of Chicago to establish a municipally run electric utility. (WBEZ)

OIL & GAS: A company proposes using an existing idled pipeline to transport propane through Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as an alternative to the Line 5 pipeline. (Michigan Radio)

SOLAR:
• Michigan environmental groups criticize a Consumers Energy plan to replace net metering, which they say would not compensate customers enough for sending excess solar power back to the grid. (Michigan Radio)
• The Indiana NAACP completes the first round of a solar job-training program as part of an effort to bring solar to disadvantaged communities. (Indiana Public Media)
• Catholic churches are increasingly relying on solar power to reduce emissions as part of church leaders’ commitment to climate change. (PV Magazine)

BIOFUELS: Some Iowa farmers remain concerned about the Trump administration’s direction on federal biofuel blending requirements. (Des Moines Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators plan to further investigate grid congestion charges in the service territories of MISO and Southwest Power Pool. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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COAL:
• Consumers Energy demolishes an eastern Michigan coal plant that was decommissioned in 2016. (MLive)
• Illinois Basin coal deliveries drop 36% compared to the same time period a year ago. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
• A columnist says Ohio lawmakers could easily repeal a state law bailing out uneconomic coal and nuclear plants. (Cleveland.com)
• Environmental activists say Duke Energy has spent nearly $12 billion over the past seven years on failed natural gas and nuclear power plans. (Environmental Working Group)

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