Midwest Energy News

Michigan congresswoman backs bill to boost electric vehicles

SOLAR: Utility-scale solar is poised for growth in Iowa where it can complement an already robust wind industry. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An Indianapolis pilot project aims to install solar panels free of charge at 20 low- and middle-income households. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• A municipal utility in northern Wisconsin expects to have its first community solar project online later this year. (Superior Telegram)
• Electricity costs are expected to decline for residents in an Ohio village after the installation of a solar project. (Spectrum News)
• About 250 construction jobs are still available for Michigan’s largest solar project. (MLive)

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GRID: Clean energy groups call for changes from grid operator MISO that will relieve the bottleneck of transmission projects and allow for more renewables to come online. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan introduces legislation to encourage electric vehicle manufacturing and the buildout of EV charging infrastructure. (Detroit News)

PIPELINES: The Trump administration’s proposed rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act is meant to speed up the permitting of large infrastructure projects like pipelines. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Iowa regulators approve a rate increase for Alliant that includes a renewable energy rider allowing the recovery of costs for wind projects coming online this year. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

CLIMATE: Some Indiana faith-based groups look to play a bigger role in fighting the climate crisis. (Indiana Public Media)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Minneapolis suburb hits multiple clean energy goals without joining a formal statewide sustainability program. (Southwest News Media)

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WIND: South Dakota regulators allow a company more time to install low-noise attachments on turbine blades. (Mitchell Daily Republic)

COMMENTARY: The proposed Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act would “raise electricity rates for consumers without measurable benefit,” the state’s Chamber of Commerce claims. (Utility Dive)

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