Daily Digest

More than a dozen solar projects are under construction in western Wisconsin

NUCLEAR: A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in Ohio presents potential conflicts under state and federal law, as well as conceals information about costs from the public. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR: Construction on more than a dozen solar projects is underway in western Wisconsin. (Vernon County Broadcaster)

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WIND:
• South Dakota regulators begin hearings over a dispute about avoided costs at wind projects in three different counties. (Watertown Public Opinion)
• A Nebraska utility, which already doubled its wind-generating capacity in January, will add even more to its portfolio to meet the needs of a new Facebook data center. (Omaha World-Herald)
• Local officials continue hearing residents’ complaints about wind turbine noise from a project in Michigan’s “Thumb” region. (Huron Daily Tribune)

COAL:
• Multiple Ohio researchers say President Trump’s orders to revive the coal industry are not going to reverse downward trends for the industry. (Athens Post)
• The president of the Ohio Coal Association says while it remains to be seen whether Trump’s efforts will pay off, “we’re in a much better position than we were six months ago.” (Athens Post)
• Railroad company Norfolk Southern says it will be prepared to invest in more coal infrastructure if the need arises. (Platts)

CLIMATE:
• Michigan advocates discuss the climate change impacts affecting the state. (C&G Newspapers)
• Several key U.S. allies are resisting the Trump administration’s efforts to push a more pro-coal, pro-nuclear energy agenda. (Politico)

OIL AND GAS: Iron ore and coal suppliers in Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois that sell their goods to Canada could be at risk if the Trump administration requires upgraded U.S. oil and gas pipelines to use domestic materials. (E&E News)

COAL ASH: Advocates will host public forums this week discussing the future of coal ash storage ponds at sites in Danville, Illinois. (Danville Commercial-News)

COMMENTARY: A Chicago-based advocacy group sees great potential for solar development on residential and commercial rooftops, as well as brownfield sites, in Cook County. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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