In the news today…
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Ameren plans to build a 1,200 MW natural gas plant by 2031 to ensure grid reliability, though environmental groups say the plan runs counter to the utility’s carbon-neutral target by 2045.
- Washington Examiner reports coal interests see Europe’s crisis-driven reversion to coal as a “wakeup call” to the U.S., arguing that it should better value the fuel in order to avoid the high energy prices afflicting allies in the region.
- Argus reports Colorado regulators unanimously approved utility Xcel Energy’s plan to move up the retirement date for unit 3 of the Comanche coal-fired power plant to 2031, accelerating the state’s exit from coal power by four years.
- Wisconsin State Journal reports three of Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired power plants will continue operating for at least another two years.
- E&E Energywire reports two Wisconsin utilities announced yesterday that they will push back the retirement of three coal-fired power plants, citing tight energy supply in the Midwest power market and supply chain disruptions that could delay renewable projects.
- Wall Street Journal reports Western nations are betting big on nuclear power, decades after safety concerns pushed it out of favor—only they have lost their expertise in building the reactors.
- E&E Greenwire reports the Forest Service has released a long-awaited environmental assessment laying out its case for a 20-year ban on sulfide ore mining near the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northern Minnesota.
- Washington Post reports the U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental assessment Thursday to lay the foundation for a proposed 20-year moratorium on copper-nickel mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.