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)

ALSO:
• 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)

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SOLAR:
• 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)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• 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)

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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)

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