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Wind energy is helping drive down Iowa’s greenhouse gas emissions

SMART GRID: Some researchers and health care professionals say smart grid-enabled switches designed to make homes more energy efficient and grid-responsive could have an added benefit of helping seniors age in place. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Increased wind energy generation is helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Iowa. (Radio Iowa)

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PIPELINES: A pipeline safety panel in Michigan recommends temporarily shutting down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac until inspections and coating gap repairs are completed. (Associated Press)

• A city in northwestern Illinois is “fiercely investigating” building a solar installation in order to reduce its energy costs. (WGIL)
• A developer looks to build a 2.5 MW solar project at an airport in metro Chicago. (Daily Herlad)
• The Indiana Municipal Power Agency has purchased nearly 44 acres of land for a solar project near the Indiana-Ohio border. (Richmond Palladium-Item)

• State agencies in Minnesota are on an aggressive path to reduce energy consumption. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Iowa State University researchers say residents who are encouraged to save water also end up saving on their electric bills. (Radio Iowa)

POLICY: FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee appears to have softened his position on issuing “interim” payments to coal and nuclear plants, saying a long-term grid resilience assessment is “more important.” (Utility Dive)

• Plans for a $900 million natural gas plant in Ohio will likely continue to put pressure on the state’s nuclear plants. (Toledo Blade)
• Federal geologists will reevaluate the amount of recoverable crude oil in North Dakota. (Associated Press)

BIOMASS: State officials are investigating the death of a worker at a Minnesota biomass plant. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An executive for General Motors says electric vehicle sales would be impacted if Congress votes to eliminate a $7,500 EV tax credit it. (Reuters)

• The Toledo Blade says Ohio lawmakers should repeal restrictive wind-turbine setback requirements that are driving investment out of the state.
• An advocate says Michigan should continue its clean energy investments in order to stay competitive economically. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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