Midwest Energy News

Michigan utility enrolls low-income residents in community solar

SOLAR: A tax reform bill in Iowa would end the state’s solar tax credit program this year. (Midwest Energy News)

• A northern Michigan electric cooperative launches a pilot program for enrolling low-income households in community solar. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• A faith-based group partners with clean energy advocates to bring a community solar project to a Minneapolis neighborhood. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• A Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb will reinstall solar panels on its community center after it originally planned to recycle most of them for parts. (Pioneer Press)
• South Dakota regulators consider plans for a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (Rapid City Journal)
• Plans move forward for a 2-megawatt solar project in rural northern Illinois. (SaukValley.com)
• A southern Illinois church will be the first in the region to use solar panels to offset its electricity bill. (Daily Egyptian)

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MINNESOTA: Energy storage and electric vehicle funding are among issues Minnesota lawmakers could tackle in what will be an otherwise slow year for energy issues. (Midwest Energy News)

COAL ASH: Major U.S. utilities, including American Electric Power and Xcel Energy, report preliminary findings of groundwater contamination at coal ash storage sites. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: The Dakota Access pipeline developer claims an environmental entity known as Earth First helped fund a group of protesters that allegedly engaged in criminal activities. (Associated Press)

• The employment and local impacts of a potential sale of Indiana-based utility Vectren Corp. are unclear. (Evansville Courier & Press)
• Michigan utilities are placing an increasing emphasis on water conservation as they retire coal plants. (MiBiz)

BIOFUELS: Nearly 50,000 Iowa jobs are tied to biofuels production, according to a study commissioned by a renewable fuels trade group. (Wallace’s Farmer)

CLEAN TECH: Two Michigan firms are awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants for energy research projects. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: Why are more utilities making clean energy pledges? “Because it just makes good business sense,” the Natural Resources Defense Council says.

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