Midwest Energy News

Report: Wisconsin efficiency program among best in nation

SOLAR: Some residents in a Chicago suburb seek to challenge the village’s policy against allowing rooftop solar on homes. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Walmart signs a deal to subscribe to 36 community solar projects across Minnesota. (PV Tech)
• Indiana solar advocates will hold a workshop this month to train others in starting solar initiatives in communities. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)

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EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin’s $100 million energy efficiency program delivered $3.66 in savings for every dollar invested, making it one of the nation’s most cost-effective efficiency programs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES:
• A proposed $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil to Oklahoma would be the biggest pipeline project in the state since Dakota Access. (Associated Press)
• Greenpeace asks a North Dakota judge to dismiss claims by the Dakota Access pipeline developer that the group conspired against the project. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Energy analysts say propane-by-rail would likely be able to meet the Upper Peninsula’s needs if the Line 5 pipeline is shut down. (Platts)

NUCLEAR: The Ohio Senate faces an upcoming deadline to take action on a proposed bill that would subsidize two nuclear plants. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS:
• Farmers ask President Trump at a stop in Iowa to reconsider the use of biofuel waivers for oil refiners, reflecting similar concerns from state Democrats. (Radio Iowa, Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• While Iowa leads the U.S. in ethanol production, coastal states lead in consumption. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

EMISSIONS: A Minnesota study links air pollution to as many as 10% of deaths statewide in a year, with more pollution coming from transportation and less from coal plants. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

WIND: Experts say significant questions remain about how to treat the impact of wind turbines on the energy potential of downwind sites. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLIMATE: Activists push city officials in Iowa City to develop a stronger climate action plan. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates say Michigan regulators should closely scrutinize DTE Energy’s timeline to retire major coal units and build out solar. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• Michigan’s integrated resource planning process adopted in 2016 is an important roadmap that can reduce emissions and plan for clean energy, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A utility watchdog group says several FirstEnergy Solutions employees appear in ads defending nuclear subsidies without disclosing their ties to the company. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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