Midwest Energy News

Coal closures prevented thousands of deaths in Ohio Valley, study finds

COAL: An estimated 5,300 deaths were avoided in Ohio Valley states due to the early closure of coal plants between 2005 and 2016, according to a new study. (WKYU)

SOLAR: Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, consider building up to 24 MW of solar at a former landfill, which could power nearly all of the city’s operations. (MLive) 

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An Illinois congressman introduces a bill to authorize $6 billion annually to support the wide-scale deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (E&E News, subscription)
• Grid operator PJM predicts electric vehicles’ power load will increase to 1,500 MW in its service territory by 2035. (Utility Dive)

POLLUTION: Coal generation and oil refining contribute to high levels of air pollution in a single ZIP code in southwest Detroit. (Metro Times)

• A coalition of Indiana environmental groups call on state lawmakers to eliminate carbon emissions over the next decade while also making it easier to install solar projects. (Statehouse File, WBAA)
• Summit County in northeastern Ohio looks to reduce energy consumption and its dependence on fossil fuels in response to climate change. (Akron Beacon Journal)

PIPELINES: Enbridge says a roughly 40-foot portion of drill rod will remain in the lakebed of the Straits of Mackinac after the company is unable to retrieve it. (Michigan Advance)

OIL & GAS: Greenhouse gas emissions could rise 30% from U.S. oil and gas production at new projects by 2025, according to a report from an environmental group. (The Hill)

• The school district in Iowa City, Iowa, is on track to reduce its carbon emissions more than 45% by 2030, but additional steps are needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
Renovating homes to become net-zero and produce as much energy as they consume could help reduce countries’ carbon footprints. (Ensia)

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WIND: A municipal power agency begins taking electricity from a 100 MW wind project in southwestern Minnesota. (St. Peter Herald)

COMMENTARY: Boosting electric vehicle adoption is one of multiple ways Midwestern states could benefit from a clean fuels standard, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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