Midwest Energy News

Indiana utility plans shift from coal to renewables in next decade

COAL:
• Indiana utility NIPSCO plans to retire its remaining coal units within a decade, likely replacing them with wind, solar and batteries. (The Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Environmental groups say a draft plan to monitor emissions from an Illinois coal plant is inadequate. (WMBD)

GRID: Utility investments in fiber optics could provide new revenue while improving the connection between smart devices and the grid, researchers say. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Amid Illinois’ push for solar development, ratepayer advocates say community solar is a “game-changer” for removing barriers to access. (WNIU)
• The Oneida Tribe plans to install solar panels on six facilities at its Wisconsin reservation. (WLUK)
• Developers complete a 1 MW solar project in northwestern Michigan. (9&10 News)
• A northern Illinois county has 13 pending applications for solar projects. (WQRF)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Total net benefits of EV deployment in Minnesota could range from $4.6 billion to $30 billion by 2050 and benefit all ratepayers, according to a new report. (Energy News Network)
• Iowa utilities support customers reselling electricity for EV charging as long as the power comes from the utility. (E&E News, subscription)

EFFICIENCY: A program in Columbia, Missouri, has evaluated energy efficiency potential in thousands of homes in recent years, but homebuyers have been slow to use the information. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Wind power is on the brink of overtaking coal in Iowa, one of four states that illustrate the energy transition underway across the country. (Axios)

BIOFUELS: A company disputes news reports that it is closing two ethanol plants in Iowa, though production is on hold at one due to unfavorable market conditions. (Radio Iowa)

HYDRO: The owner of a hydroelectric dam in Michigan that had its operating license revoked says closing the facility could lower adjacent lake levels by 8 feet. (MLive)

PIPELINES: The cleanup of a massive 2013 oil pipeline spill in North Dakota is completed at a cost of $100 million. (Associated Press)

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POLITICS:
• U.S. House races in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota could turn on issues such as energy policy, climate change and regulatory rollbacks. (E&E News, subscription)
• The Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, pushes climate change action as a nonpartisan issue in order to “bring younger Republicans around.” (Grist)

COMMENTARY: The Natural Resources Defense Council says AEP’s proposed need for 900 MW of renewable energy “will significantly expand the state’s underdeveloped clean energy economy.”

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