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Indiana’s largest renewable natural gas plant unveiled

EFFICIENCY: As more Minnesota cities consider energy benchmarking programs, evidence suggests that the state’s first such policy in Minneapolis is helping to nudge energy consumption lower. (Energy News Network)

BIOGAS: Officials will unveil today Indiana’s largest renewable natural gas plant, a $25 million project supplied by landfill methane gas. (Inside Indiana Business)

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UTILITIES: CenterPoint Energy, which owns Indiana utility Vectren, plans to reduce its operational carbon emissions 70% by 2035 and lower methane emissions through natural gas suppliers. (Evansville Press & Courier)

EMISSIONS: Grid operator PJM “could be a bellwether of the speed and depth of decarbonization” due to its size, connectivity and planned power plant retirements. (McKinsey)

POLICY: The U.S. Senate will consider a sweeping energy package this week that includes funding for various clean energy technologies, though it’s expected to draw opposition from Democrats seeking stronger climate requirements. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Duluth, Minnesota, residents advance in a national energy competition with a design that’s meant to shed snow and ice from solar panels to increase productivity during winter months. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Local officials in eastern Illinois will reconsider plans for a 1.6 MW solar project that includes additional buffering features following concerns from neighbors. (Danville Commercial-News)
• Officials mark the 50th anniversary of the Nebraska Public Power District with the opening of a nearly 5 MW solar project. (Scottsbluff Star Herald)
• A South Dakota private equity firm forms a multi-million-dollar partnership with a solar developer. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

COAL: Coal deliveries to U.S. power plants declined 6.7% in 2019, according to federal data. (S&P Global)

MICROGRIDS: A microgrid research center in Minnesota allows other schools and companies to test systems and products there. (Finance & Commerce)

TRANSPORTATION: The U.S. vehicle fleet set a record for fuel efficiency in 2018 with additional gains expected to be reported for 2019. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: An Ohio-based climate activist encourages the Rotary Club of Toledo to support legislation for a federal carbon fee and dividend program. (Toledo Blade)

COMMENTARY: Wisconsin should “drive the market with focused policies” that support the state’s renewable energy supply chain, says the head of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (LaCrosse Tribune)

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