WIND: With billions of dollars planned for new wind development in Iowa, Alliant Energy also is considering investments in Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ALSO:
• Subsidiaries of wind developer NextEra Energy Resources file more than 100 petitions against governmental units in Michigan’s Thumb region contesting the amount of taxes paid on projects. (Tuscola County Advertiser)
• Developers are gauging interest among nearby residents for a wind project in southwest Michigan. (Harbor Country News)

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MICROGRID: A Minnesota university lands a $2.1 million grant from utility Xcel Energy to advance research on microgrids. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• Construction moves forward on a $25 million solar installation at a Minnesota National Guard base. (Brainerd Dispatch)
• A Wisconsin cooperative breaks ground on a new 2.34 MW solar array that will also feature pollinator habitat. (New Richmond News)

CLIMATE:
• A new White House directive requires all federal agencies to account for and quantify climate change impacts in their decisions. (Washington Post)
• Experts in Minnesota discuss emerging technologies being deployed to combat climate change. (Minnesota Public Radio)

FRAC SAND: A frac sand mining plant in Wisconsin adds nearly 20 employees because of rebounding demand in the industry. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: New research says Illinois commercial building owners could save more than $100 million a year in electricity costs under the Clean Power Plan. (Public News Service)

TRANSPORTATION:
• The electric vehicle sector is “going the way of Airbnb” as private individuals increasingly offer up their charging stations for public use. (ClimateWire)
• Major EV charging station manufacturer ChargePoint appoints former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to its board of directors. (The Auto Channel)

UTILITIES: An Iowa utility is taking a proactive approach to combat scammers who fraudulently obtain payments from ratepayers. (Radio Iowa)

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RELIABILITY: A South Dakota utility has spent $10 million — and plans $10 million more — to trim trees along its distribution system in response to a wave of outages. (Rapid City Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• With the growth in solar generation in Wisconsin, “We need to ensure electric rates are fair and affordable for all customers.” (Chippewa Herald)
• Advocates say “many unused opportunities still exist” for solar deployment in Illinois. (Rock River Times)
• It’s a “good thing” Wisconsin is deploying more renewable energy “despite resistance from top elected officials.” (Wisconsin State Journal)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.

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