Midwest Energy News

Clean energy bill coming in Illinois without major players

EFFICIENCY: After going several years without a sustainability director, Chicago Public Schools is again identifying cost-saving opportunities through energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy uses home monitoring devices to study phantom power use and identify power-saving options for customers. (Wisconsin State Journal)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state needs to address clean energy this session, though it will be complicated in the wake of a lobbying controversy involving utility ComEd. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

CLIMATE:
• Minnesota students help push school district and local officials on clean energy and climate plans. (MinnPost)
• A University of Minnesota student group calls on school officials to do more to address climate change, including divesting from fossil fuels. (Minnesota Daily)

GRID: A company helps identify ways to relieve transmission congestion, which has cost ratepayers billions of dollars and stymied renewable energy projects in the Midwest. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Utility officials in Springfield, Illinois, say retiring coal units this year will lead to a rate decrease rather than costing millions of dollars to keep the plants online. (NPR Illinois)

SOLAR:
• Planning officials in southwestern Minnesota work through a first draft of regulations on utility-scale solar projects. (The Globe)
• Illinois solar advocates say recent progress will stall without new clean energy legislation to boost the industry. (WCBU)

WIND: Some residents raise concerns over the potential impacts on bald eagles from wind development in northern Ohio. (Toledo Blade)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric truck startup Rivian invested nearly $30 million in recent weeks on a production facility in Normal, Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• A central Iowa plant that produces bodies for electric buses is closing as the company consolidates operations in Rhode Island. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: A North Dakota landowners’ group opposes an oil company’s attempt to intervene in a dispute over a new state law involving oil and gas extraction. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY: Midwest governors have an opportunity to lead on clean energy as they prepare annual “state of the state” speeches. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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