Midwest Energy News

NAACP says Indiana coal bill harms low-income, minority communities

COAL: The Indiana NAACP calls on state lawmakers to reject a bill aimed at keeping coal plants open longer, citing negative health impacts on low-income and minority communities. (WBOI)

• Coal plants owned by three Minnesota utilities run at a loss 30 to 60% of the time, often when cheaper renewables are available, advocates say. (KMSP)
• The volume of coal shipped through Duluth-Superior last year reached its lowest level since 1985 as record amounts of wind turbine components came through. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Environmental groups ask a federal judge to require the EPA to adopt “good neighbor plans” for 20 states that address coal plant pollution from downwind states. (E&E News, subscription)
• North Dakota will receive $2.8 million in federal funding for reclaiming abandoned coal mines. (Associated Press)

***SPONSORED LINK: MEEA invites you to Chicago, February 26-28 for the 19th annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference. At the Midwest’s premier energy efficiency conference, you’ll join industry leaders for three days of panels, workshops, networking opportunities and celebrations of industry successes.***

• The mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, pursued the largest municipal-run solar project in the U.S. out of anger toward President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. (Mother Jones)
• County officials in central Nebraska consider regulations for large-scale solar projects after months of drafting proposals. (Kearney Hub)

CLIMATE: Chicago aldermen approve a non-binding resolution declaring a citywide climate emergency, though some want to act on renewable and efficiency projects in the coming years. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest budget proposal includes $5 million for the state’s green bank and another $5 million for clean energy projects at state facilities. (MiBiz)
• County officials in southwestern Michigan adopt a property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing district. (Three Rivers Commercial-News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: ChargePoint and the National Association of Truck Stop Owners announce a $1 billion initiative to deploy EV chargers at travel plazas and fuel stops across the U.S. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: A Michigan task force considers recommendations on how to manage potential disruptions in propane supply in the Upper Peninsula. (9&10 News)

POLITICS: Changing Iowa’s first-to-vote status could shift presidential candidates’ political calculus around supporting ethanol. (New Republic)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators approve long-term energy plans for two Upper Peninsula utilities that increase energy efficiency targets and reject plans for a new natural gas plant. (Daily Energy Insider)

***YOUR AD HERE: Every day, Energy News Network email digests reach thousands of highly engaged professionals. Click here for more information on how to get your promotion to our audience.***

NUCLEAR: An Illinois county considers a resolution in support of preserving nuclear energy as federal regulators consider market changes that could pose economic challenges for plants. (Ottawa Times)

TRANSMISSION: A dispute over installing high voltage power lines across west-central Minnesota farms in the 1970s pitted farmers against utilities and government agencies. (MinnPost)

Comments are closed.