Midwest Energy News

Efficient street lighting is saving Chicago $10 million a year, officials say

EFFICIENCY: Chicago is saving $10 million a year in electricity costs after switching to LED streetlights. (CBS Chicago)

ALSO:
• A recent study by the University of Michigan and Whirlpool shows dishwashers are generally more energy efficient than standard hand-washing methods. (MLive)
• Research by Alliant Energy shows utility customers can save 9% on electric bills by limiting “phantom” power sources like electronics. (WXPR)

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SOLAR:
• Developers are expected to announce plans today for a 128 MW solar project in South Dakota, which would be the state’s largest. (KELO)
• Combining agriculture with solar power is an emerging niche that can help prevent the displacement of land for food. (Grist)

TRANSPORTATION: Nearly 20 Iowa schools have used Volkswagen settlement funds to buy propane-powered buses, which supporters say is a cheaper alternative to electric models. (Radio Iowa)

CLIMATE: Advocates say Kansas’ renewable energy resources can help the state with climate change planning. (Kansas City Star)

PIPELINES: A key legal question remains in a lawsuit over the permitting process for anchor supports for the Line 5 pipeline. (Michigan Advance)

OHIO: Voters in Columbus will decide later this year whether to participate in energy aggregation, which can provide cheaper and cleaner power and has been used in other Ohio communities for decades. (Columbus Dispatch)

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COAL: The top-producing coal mines in the Illinois Basin held relatively flat production in 2019 despite declining U.S. coal demand. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
• Representatives for Michigan labor unions say the “time for action is now” to start construction on a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)
• Local efforts to boost clean energy in Ohio “makes sense for a lot of reasons” given the “black hole of backwardness” in the state legislature, an editorial board says. (Columbus Dispatch)

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