Midwest Energy News

Indiana business group rejects Pruitt’s coal-lobbying efforts

SOLAR: Iowa pork producers emerge as a politically potent opponent to utility efforts to scale back rooftop solar incentives as lawmakers remain divided over the proposal. (Energy News Network, Iowa Public Radio)

ALSO: A group of Indianapolis residents form the city’s first solar cooperative. (Inside Indiana Business)

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COAL:
• The Indiana Chamber of Commerce rejects pleas from former U.S. EPA head Scott Pruitt to support legislation that keeps coal plants open. (Reuters)
• Pruitt was hired by the parent company of Indiana’s second largest coal company, which claims closing plants would be costly for ratepayers. (Indianapolis Star)

WIND: The future of a 70-turbine wind project near Bismarck, North Dakota, is unclear after the developer sells the project. (Bismarck Tribune)

UTILITIES: The CEO of DTE Energy says the utility’s transition from coal to gas and renewables is “totally transforming the way we generate power.” (Bridge Magazine)

OIL & GAS: Detroit officials deny Marathon’s request to continue storing petroleum coke in an uncovered pit in southwest Detroit. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

NUCLEAR:
• The head of a company developing natural gas plants in Ohio plans to testify against a state bill that would subsidize uneconomic nuclear plants. (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has yet to weigh in on the bill but says nuclear power should be part of the state’s short-term portfolio. (Ohio Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s road-funding plan would hike electric vehicle registration fees to the highest level in the nation. (Bridge Magazine)
• Wisconsin Republicans release a clean energy plan seeking $10 million for electric vehicle charging stations, mirroring a similar proposal from Gov. Tony Evers. (Wisconsin Public Radio, Associated Press)
• Charging companies say resolving interconnection concerns with utilities is critical for an adequate build-out of electric vehicle infrastructure. (Utility Dive)
• The rise of electric vehicles could bring in $3 billion to $10 billion for the nation’s large utilities in the form of grid upgrades and other programs, analysts say. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A bicycle-sharing company deploys bikes in Minneapolis for a 10th season, this year piloting a fleet of electric-assist models. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Delta Airlines buys carbon offsetting credits as transitioning to cleaner fuels remains a challenge for the industry. (Cincinnati Business Courier)

BIOFUELS: The oil industry complains that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has taken on an outspoken role to support the ethanol industry. (E&E News, subscription)

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EFFICIENCY:
• An air traffic control tower at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is upgraded with energy efficiency measures and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. (Associated Press)
• The CEO of a Michigan green bank discusses financing options for projects that can reduce ratepayers’ electric bills. (Bridge Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• A Wisconsin editorial board applauds state utility regulators for recently approving two large-scale solar projects. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Advocates say Ohio farmers are being harmed by fracking, coal mining and pipelines that “scar, pollute and fragment the land.” (Columbus Dispatch)
• A public policy institute says the nuclear industry has learned how to game state policies to promote clean energy into massive subsidies for itself. (Politico)

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