Daily digest

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)

***SPONSORED LINK: The 2nd Smart Cities International Symposium and Exhibition, January 17-18 in Chicago, brings together municipal professionals and thought leaders to explore technology advances and key lessons to date in achieving the Smart City vision. Enter “MWEN” when registering for 10% off.***

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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

EFFICIENCY:
• 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)

OIL AND GAS:
• 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)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join the Chicago Council on Science and Technology for a senior panel discussion with former military and Pentagon professionals from the U.S. Department of State, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Atlantic Council of the U.S. on adopting advanced energy solutions. Learn more and register here.***

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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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)

Comments are closed.