EFFICIENCY: A new report finds increased energy efficiency measures for low-income households would close the percentage gap between income and energy spending by about one-third. (Midwest Energy News)

CLIMATE: Detroit has taken a “decidedly grassroots approach” to developing the area’s climate action plan. (InsideClimate News)

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A North Dakota electric cooperative enters into a 35-year power purchase agreement for new wind energy, boosting its wind portfolio to nearly 35 percent by 2017. (Associated Press)
• New high-voltage transmission lines in Iowa are helping facilitate the development of two nearby wind projects totaling 500 megawatts. (Sioux City Journal)
Due to weaker winds, 2015 saw the smallest increase in output nationwide over the prior year since 1999. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Milwaukee is expanding its solar group-buying program, resulting in bigger discounts as more homeowners sign up. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

OIL BY RAIL: Iowa agencies release a new study on ways to mitigate oil tanker accidents and improving local emergency response. (The Gazette)

COAL: The U.S. EPA grants one-year extensions to comply with new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired units in Oklahoma, Kansas City and Iowa. (Platts)

FINANCE: In the wake of SunEdison’s bankruptcy, experts say renewable energy companies can still be profitable, but it will take finding investment strategies that work. (New York Times)

OIL AND GAS: State tax revenues in North Dakota were down by nearly $15 million for the month of March mostly due to the declining oil industry. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Washington D.C.’s utility consumer advocacy group is asking regulators to reconsider its approval of the Exelon-Pepco merger. (Washington Business Journal)

• Local officials in Illinois begin preparing for when — not if — Exelon’s Clinton nuclear plant will close. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Critics say proposed federal legislation to reform nuclear reactor licensing would ultimately handcuff federal regulators. (E&E Daily)

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL: The German automaker reports that it lost $6.2 billion last year as a result of cheating on diesel emissions reporting. (New York Times)

• A retired Catholic school teacher in Cleveland views protection against methane pollution “as a spiritual and moral imperative.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Major institutional investors are pulling their support for Ohio utilities that are “clinging stubbornly to coal-fired power plants.” (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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