Midwest Energy News

Indiana coal plant under scrutiny for repeated violations

COAL: An Indianapolis Power & Light coal plant has had more than 120 permit violations in the past three years, the most of any facility in the state, and critics say a compliance plan and fines are not enough. (Indianapolis Star)

ALSO:
• Organizers protest as the demolition of a former coal plant resumes in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood after a previous attempt covered the community in dust. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• DTE Energy ranks second in a recent Union of Concerned Scientists analysis of uneconomic coal plants, and while the utility disputes the findings, the report’s author says they’re based on the company’s own data. (MiBiz)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Xcel Energy has several programs under development in Minnesota that are designed to incentivize off-peak charging. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY:
• Developers are planning two redevelopment projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency in an effort to revitalize downtown Gary, Indiana. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
• Energy efficiency could play a key role in limiting energy usage as recreational marijuana growing expands in the Midwest. (Yale Climate Connections)

SOLAR:
• A parking canopy with solar panels helps a company become the first healthcare facility in Indiana to reach net zero energy usage. (WFIE)
• A central Illinois city will add 500 kW of solar power next month to its energy portfolio. (Effingham Daily News)

BIOFUELS: Minnesota’s biofuels industry begins to rebound as plants reopen or increase production after the pandemic caused a sharp drop in demand. (Star Tribune)

CLIMATE: Tribes in northern Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin approach climate change adaptation with traditional values of relationship building and observation. (Yale Climate Connections)

UTILITIES: Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe is among a panel of utility leaders discussing increased customer engagement and faster technology shifts as a result of the pandemic. (Daily Energy Insider)

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TRANSPORTATION: U.S. House Democrats sponsor an updated $494 billion transportation funding bill that includes $350 million for EV charging and hydrogen fueling stations. (Smart Cities Dive)

COMMENTARY: A columnist says North Dakota officials should prepare to embrace the wind industry as the planned closure of the Coal Creek Station could result in coal-sector job losses. (Inforum)

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