SOLAR:
• A new law in Indiana is jeopardizing schools’ ability to lower their energy costs by installing solar panels. (WBOI)
• Cedar Rapids, Iowa installs solar panels to power drinking water stations around the city. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• An Iowa Catholic church installs solar panels “as a part of Pope Francis’ call to care for the earth.” (WHO-TV)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Some Midwest cities receive credit for expanding energy efficiency programs for low-income residents. (Governing Magazine)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new report finds Michigan ratepayers could save billions of dollars over the coming decades with a shift to more electric vehicles. (UPMatters.com)
• Tesla’s ongoing lawsuit against the state of Michigan over selling vehicles directly to buyers comes as the company unrolls its Model 3. (Detroit News)

PIPELINES: A North Dakota judge accepts a plea agreement from former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, allowing her to avoid jail time for her involvement in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: A company plans a $120 million expansion at an Ohio ethanol facility. (Toledo Blade)

COAL:
• Environmental groups are asking Indiana regulators to reject plans by Duke Energy for disposing millions of coal ash waste. (Indiana News Service)
• Coal generation will exceed natural gas generation in 2017 and 2018, according to a report from U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: Iowa scientists say the state’s summer humidity is increasing due to climate change. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

UTILITIES: Ohio officials are nearing an agreement with AEP over dedicating tens of thousands of acres of land for recreational purposes. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN: A U.S. appeals court agrees to delay litigation over the Clean Power Plan for an additional 60 days. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: An MIT researcher says “society will bear greater costs if power companies underinvest in noncarbon technologies than if they overinvest.” (The Conversation)

Andy Balaskovitz

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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