Midwest Energy News

Xcel plan retires coal units early to rely on nuclear, renewables

UTILITIES: Xcel Energy reaches an agreement with environmental and labor groups to close its last two Minnesota coal plants by 2030 while keeping its nuclear plants online at least through 2040. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• The deal would also allow Xcel to buy more natural gas capacity while expanding solar and energy efficiency. (Utility Dive)
• Local officials in central Minnesota raise concerns about a transition plan if coal units are closed ahead of schedule. (St. Cloud Times)

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COAL ASH: Illinois lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass more stringent protections for coal ash storage sites. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signs a law that could make it more difficult to install wind energy transmission lines on private property. (Associated Press)

BANKRUPTCY: FirstEnergy Solutions moves closer to receiving approval for a bankruptcy reorganization. (Akron Beacon Journal)

SOLAR:
• A convent in southern Minnesota continues its investment in solar power. (KARE)
• Some nearby residents oppose an Illinois water company’s plan to offset its energy costs with a solar installation. (Champaign News-Gazette)

HOUSING: Minneapolis’ 2040 plan encourages denser housing development, which helps boost public transit and reduce emissions from commuting. (Grist)

NATURAL GAS: A county board formally supports plans to build a 550 MW natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, as the project continues through the state regulatory process. (Superior Telegram)

NUCLEAR: An advertising campaign gains steam in Ohio over the future of two nuclear plants. (WOSU)

CLIMATE: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, takes climate change action through renewable energy and transportation initiatives. (Blugold Media)

COAL: A company looks to re-permit an Indiana coal mine, most likely to make it easier to sell a prep plant at the site to another mine, according to a state official. (Platts)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A three-day clean energy conference focusing on climate change solutions begins today in northwestern Michigan. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

COMMENTARY:
• A clean energy group backs Xcel Energy’s transition plan for its commitment to renewables and to reach carbon-free emissions by 2050. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• An Ohio columnist says FirstEnergy’s strong lobbying efforts may be enough to pass a bill to subsidize two nuclear plants. (Columbus Dispatch)

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