Midwest Energy News

Michigan solar pricing program slowing demand, installers say

TRANSMISSION: The developer of a planned $500 million transmission line through southern Wisconsin dismisses battery storage for an alternative as a “non-starter.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES: Enbridge moves forward with $40 million in preconstruction work for a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline, though state officials maintain the company is not permitted to start construction. (Detroit News)

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SOLAR:
• Michigan solar installers say a new program that replaces net metering is already slowing demand from customers who say it’s difficult to calculate a payback period. (Michigan Radio)
• Ohio advocates say hiring remains a barrier for inmates who are trained in solar installations before being released. (Energy News Network)
• A central Illinois city that limits the size and volume of rooftop solar connected to its municipal power grid sees growing requests from residents. (Effingham Daily News)
• An Illinois city council will reconsider plans for a solar project at a water treatment facility. (Danville Commercial-News)
• The U.S. solar industry shows signs of momentum as it sets a new record for installations. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Utilities and charging companies begin planning electric vehicle charging infrastructure to match automakers’ EV manufacturing plans. (Detroit News)
• A western Michigan college opens additional EV charging stations available to the public. (MLive)

OHIO: Opponents of a bill to subsidize two nuclear plants step up their rallying efforts ahead of the state Senate’s planned discussion on the policy. (Toledo Blade)

CLIMATE: As more cities and states adopt 100% clean energy targets, questions remain about whether it will adequately address climate change. (NPR)

WIND: Some residents in southern Minnesota remain opposed to a planned 42-turbine wind project. (WCCO)

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EFFICIENCY: A construction company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, builds homes that are equipped to consume net zero energy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Advanced energy advocates say DTE Energy’s proposed long-term power plan is the latest example of the company’s “foot-dragging” on clean energy. (Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council)
• AEP touts its plan to transition to renewable energy but is backing legislation to subsidize Ohio nuclear and coal plants while also asking customers to fund the company’s membership in a “clean coal” group, according to a watchdog organization. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• If signed into law, an Illinois bill to strengthen coal ash cleanup requirements would be a “landmark” effort to protect water resources, advocates say. (EarthJustice)

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