Midwest Energy News

Indiana has record year for solar installations

CLIMATE: High school students ask Minnesota’s new governor to back new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Indiana is estimated to have installed more than 140 MW of solar in 2018, far exceeding previous years. (Indiana Public Media)
• A southeastern Nebraska county is in the early stages of developing regulations for commercial and residential solar projects. (KWBE)

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WIND:
• Challenges with transporting wind turbine components could jeopardize up to $2.1 billion in development, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)
• A central Kansas county updates wind energy regulations ahead of potential development. (Abilene Reflector-Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Iowa officials recommend increasing fees or charging taxes to electric vehicle owners to make up for lost revenue from gasoline taxes. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Michigan regulators approve a three-year, $10 million EV pilot program for Consumers Energy. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS:
• A Trump administration proposal to change how costs and benefits are calculated for federal mercury emissions rules could make them more vulnerable to a legal challenge. (Energy News Network)
• The federal rules led Dairyland Power Cooperative to cut mercury emissions 90 percent from a western Wisconsin coal plant. (LaCrosse Tribune)
• Fiat Chrysler is expected to pay nearly $650 million to settle lawsuits over its use of software that produced false results on emissions tests. (New York Times)

UTILITIES: Consumer and environmental groups ask the Ohio Supreme Court to end $600 million in subsidies that have been used to bolster FirstEnergy’s finances rather than pay for grid modernization. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOFUELS: Iowa produced a record amount of ethanol in 2018 due to increased exports, according to an industry trade group. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COAL: Developers have secured financing to repurpose a former coal plant along Lake Michigan in Indiana into a data center. See here for background on the development. (Kokomo Perspective, Energy News Network)

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NUCLEAR: Independent power producers ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions upholding nuclear subsidies in Illinois and New York. (Utility Dive)

POLICY: Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wants to extend a variety of energy-related tax incentives. (E&E News, subscription)

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