EFFICIENCY: Iowa’s largest utility is looking to scale back its energy efficiency programs, but denies claims that it supports repealing statewide efficiency requirements. (Midwest Energy News)
MICHIGAN: Clean energy groups say solar and energy efficiency still hold great potential in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula after state regulators approved plans last year to replace an aging coal plant with natural gas. (Midwest Energy News)
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POLITICS: A recent poll exposes a rift among Ohio conservative leaders over support for clean energy. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A major Michigan utility looks to block new regulations on buying renewable energy from independent producers, which one developer says is holding up hundreds of megawatts of new solar projects. (pv Magazine)
• Advocates worry new tariffs on imported solar panels will “cast a shadow on a form of clean energy that has been thriving” in Minnesota. (MinnPost)
• U.S. companies, including one in Michigan, that manufacture polysilicon for solar panels praise President Trump’s solar tariff decision, saying it will restore their access to the Chinese market. (McClatchy)
• Grid operator MISO will not expedite its review of a proposal to connect a major new electronics plant in Wisconsin to the grid. (RTO Insider)
• An Iowa utility confronts some opposition from customers amid a three-year plan to install smart meters across its service territory. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
RENEWABLES: A Detroit-based company is looking to install renewable energy projects in areas around the city struggling with energy poverty. (Yes! Magazine)
• A Minnesota electric cooperative says a program allowing its members to fuel electric vehicles with through wind energy purchases will continue through 2018. (North American Wind Power)
• Midwest Energy News reporter Andy Balaskovitz discusses offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes on Science Friday on NPR.
BIOFUELS: Two departments at a South Dakota city report fuel savings after switching vehicles to higher ethanol blends. (Watertown Public Opinion)
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TRANSPORTATION: Students at Iowa State University help a team at the University of Iowa jump-start efforts to build a solar-powered vehicle. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A New York Times columnist says President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels is part of a broader attempt to support fossil fuels.
• An Ohio editorial board says state lawmakers should embrace policies that encourage renewable energy in order to compete with other states. (Gatehouse Media Ohio)
• The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in Indiana says it’s unfortunate that legislation to restore some portions of the state’s net metering law will likely die without a hearing.