Midwest Energy News

Sen. Grassley: Trump’s turbine comments ‘idiotic’

• Researchers say communities of color have less access to solar power regardless of their income. (Scientific American)
• A northern Indiana community considers two separate solar projects. (Logansport Pharos Tribune)

POWER PLANTS: Indiana Republicans advance a bill that would block power plants or contracts bigger than 250 MW until 2021 amid the shift away from coal. (E&E News, subscription)

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• U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa calls President’s Trump’s recent comments linking wind turbines and cancer “idiotic.” (KCCI)
• Trump made a series of false and misleading claims about the industry during his speech. (New York Times)
• A bipartisan group of U.S. senators push for more federal funding of wind energy, calling it an “American success story.” (Washington Post, subscription)

TRANSMISSION: A Missouri bill would block eminent domain from being used for the Grain Belt Express transmission project. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Advocates look to boost renewable energy production in Wisconsin as costs decline. (WiscNews)

UTILITIES: The CEO of Michigan’s Consumers Energy is among U.S. utility officials pushing for steep cuts in carbon emissions and boosting renewables. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS: The refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, where an explosion occurred last year will continue to store a highly toxic chemical on site despite concerns from some local residents. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FRAC SAND: Producers seek new markets abroad as the U.S. sees an oversupply of frac sand. (Bloomberg)

CLEAN TECH: A Wisconsin engineer develops technology to control the renewable energy and storage resources in microgrids. (Utility Dive)

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EFFICIENCY: Congressional lawmakers from Ohio and Illinois sponsor bills to boost energy efficiency and weatherization programs, which could receive bipartisan support. (E&E News, subscription)

• The Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center says attempts to weaken mercury and air toxics standards are bad for business. (The Hill)
• New research shows an electric vehicle infrastructure gap as 88 of the top 100 U.S. cities lack the number of charging stations needed to support expected EV deployment. (Forbes)

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