Midwest Energy News

Indianapolis program to provide free solar for low-income households

CLIMATE: A delegation of 100 women from across the globe — experienced in the unique challenges of being women scientists — take a trip to Antarctica focused on climate change and other environmental threats. (Energy News Network)

POWER PLANTS: Nationwide, black and low-income people face the highest risk of death from power plants’ fine particle pollution, according to new research. (Energy News Network)

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• An Indianapolis program will provide up to 20 low- and middle-income households with solar panels free of charge, a first-of-its-kind program in the Midwest. (Indianapolis Star)
Developers await regulatory approval for a 110 MW solar project on tribal land in South Dakota. (Rapid City Journal)
• The University of Illinois finalizes a 20-year contract for solar power that’s expected to save $5 million and triple the school’s renewable portfolio. (Daily Illini)
• Washington D.C.-based startup Arcadia eyes a bigger role as a “community solar manager” as it plans to expand in states including Illinois. (Greentech Media)
• A solar group-buying program in central Iowa sees strong early interest from residents. (Dallas County News)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota utilities explore greater use of carbon capture and sequestration at ethanol and coal plants. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Following a devastating tornado in 2007, a conservative small town in Kansas rebuilds with renewable energy and help from the Department of Energy. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A 106 MW wind project comes online in central North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

TRANSMISSION: Some residents raise cost and eminent domain concerns as Iowa regulators hold public hearings on the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission project. (KCRG)

UTILITIES: The University of Iowa receives nearly $1.2 billion under a deal to privatize its electric and water utilities. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

EFFICIENCY: The city of Detroit will receive $4 million as part of a settlement in a case against a California company’s faulty LED streetlights. (Detroit News)

COAL: Environmental groups want Indianapolis’ utility to retire all four coal units, instead of just two, at a plant it says is one of the most-polluting in the state. (Utility Dive)

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BIOFUELS: Uncertainty over federal biofuel policy has been a “vexing problem” for Minnesota Congressman Jim Hagedorn, who has been a consistent supporter of President Trump. (MinnPost)

• An Ohio editorial board says General Motors “deserves praise” for restoring investment and jobs at a former Lordstown auto plant that will produce batteries for electric vehicles. (Toledo Blade)
• The Illinois coal basin will likely see declining production and mine closures as the coal industry continues to contract, energy analysts report. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)
• The CEO of a group representing travel plazas and truck stops says Congress should renew a federal biodiesel tax credit that lapsed in 2018. (Detroit News)

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