In the news today…
- Journal Courier reports Illinois electric cooperative officials say the early closure of downstate coal facilities risks rolling blackouts caused by a lack of power on the grid.
- Columbus Dispatch reports that Columbus, Ohio’s NAACP chapter, along with city and elected officials, question why AEP disconnected power this week in many low-income and neighborhoods of color; the utility says it was a necessary last resort to preserve the grid.
- Argus reports US coal receipts rose in March from year-earlier levels amid a jump in shipments from Powder River basin (PRB) and Illinois basin mines.
- Wall Street Journal reports that energy inflation is derailing Biden’s climate agenda.