Midwest Energy News

Iowa lawmakers advance legislation to scale back energy efficiency

EFFICIENCY:
• The Iowa Senate approves controversial legislation that includes provisions to scale back the state’s energy efficiency program. (Des Moines Register)
• Chicago is avoiding much of the public backlash other cities have faced as it transitions streetlights to high-efficiency LEDs. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL:
• Residents near a We Energies coal plant in Wisconsin say coal dust from a storage pile is “on everything you touch.” (WDJT)
• A county board in southern Indiana joins city officials in opposing a company’s plans for a new fly ash storage site. (EagleCountryOnline.com)

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PIPELINES:
• A U.S. House committee report finds Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac was targeted by Russian internet trolls on social media to stir discontent. (Detroit Free Press)
• Advocates gather in Minnesota to commemorate the anniversary of the state’s largest oil spill and “celebrate clean water.” (WDIO)

SOLAR:
• A planned solar project at a Wisconsin airport would be the second largest in the state. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• An Illinois college will install its third solar project later this year. (The Prospectus)
• A renewable energy developer acquires a Chicago-based company and 150 megawatts of its solar assets. (Platts)

EMISSIONS: College Republican groups in four Midwest states join others across the country in banding together to support a carbon tax, “something anathema to the party.” (New York Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: Indiana conservatives launch a new group that advocates for stronger clean energy policies. (Batesville Herald-Tribune)

BIOFUELS: A Minnesota agency fines an ethanol plant more than $22,000 for polluting nearby wetlands and rivers. (Minnesota Public Radio)

WIND: An ALLETE subsidiary plans to sell a 48-megawatt wind project in North Dakota for $85 million. (Superior Telegram)

FRAC SAND: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources holds a public hearing today on a company’s plan to fill in wetlands as part of a frac sand operation. (La Crosse Tribune)

UTILITIES: Local officials outside of Cleveland say a new electric aggregation program will benefit ratepayers. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY: The president of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association says solar has “equally robust potential” in the state compared to wind. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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