Midwest Energy News

Chicago emerges as a leader in energy efficient buildings

SOLAR: Residential rooftop solar installations in Kansas will likely come to a near-standstill if state regulators approve demand fees proposed by the state’s two largest utilities. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An eastern Illinois county adopts new zoning regulations for solar projects on certain agricultural land. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• A central Illinois county approves three new solar projects totaling 8 MW. (WGLT)

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EFFICIENCY:
• Officials gather in Cleveland to tout the benefits of energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)
• About 70 percent of Chicago’s office space is now certified for energy efficiency. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Minnesota company looks to sell “renewable natural gas” with methane gathered from sources like landfill trash, manure or decomposing crops. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COAL: Advocates warn of a “coal ash disaster” along an Illinois river if unlined ash pits aren’t removed. (WAND)

WIND:
• A developer looks to educate the public ahead of construction of a planned 71-turbine wind project in southeastern Minnesota. (Steele County Times)
• A central Illinois county rejects stricter zoning rules on wind projects. (Decatur Herald & Review)
• Researchers say the U.S. wind industry is “really going all out” as prices decline and technology becomes more robust. (InsideClimate News)

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HYDRO: Xcel Energy’s 19 hydroelectric plants in Wisconsin makes it a leader in the state for renewable energy generation. (Dunn County News)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy jobs are poised to grow in Wisconsin, advocates say. (Madison Capital Times)
• Solar advocates say Michigan lawmakers should be doing more to protect net metering policy as utilities seek to undermine it. (Bridge Magazine)
• The mayor of Traverse City, Michigan, says the declining costs of renewable energy makes the city utility’s 100 percent renewable energy goal a “smart investment for customers.” (Detroit Free Press)

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