SOLAR: Clean energy advocates say the future of rooftop solar installations in Indiana is now unclear as the state’s net metering program expires on July 1. (Indianapolis Star)

ALSO:
• Three Wisconsin solar projects totaling nearly 600 MW of capacity have been delayed and face potential cost overruns because of challenges securing panels and other key parts. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• The Iowa Attorney General’s Office sees a sharp increase in the number of consumer complaints against solar energy installers. (Radio Iowa)
• North Dakota organizations help raise funds for a nonprofit soup kitchen to install solar panels and reduce its electricity bills. (KFYR)

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GRID: The sole Republican appointee to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission downplays risks of rolling blackouts this summer and says the state should keep fossil fuel plants online to ensure reliability. (Wisconsin State Journal)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators approve 12 public information meetings in the coming months in counties where a proposed carbon pipeline would be routed after developers changed its initial route. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• North Dakota officials seek public input on plans to spend $26 million in federal funding for electric vehicle fast-charging stations. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Des Moines, Iowa, officials are set to purchase the city’s first all-electric garbage truck. (KCCI)

OIL & GAS: Indiana regulators approve CenterPoint Energy’s request to build 460 MW of new natural gas generation. (WEHT)

UTILITIES: New solar and natural gas plants are key components to Ameren Missouri’s updated 20-year energy plan. (St. Louis Public Radio)

WIND: An Ohio county works to verify petition signatures that could force a referendum vote on whether the county will effectively ban a utility-scale wind project. (Telegraph Forum)

EFFICIENCY:
• Consumer advocates urge Kansas regulators to approve Evergy’s proposed energy efficiency programs and examine ways to expand low-income customers’ access to programs. (Lawrence Times)
• Consumers Energy and Kalamazoo, Michigan, partner to reduce energy usage and emissions from participating commercial buildings. (WKZO)
• A Wisconsin nonprofit advocates for capturing energy waste to heat and cool buildings under a strategy known as high value energy conservation. (La Crosse Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Japan-based mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu opens a new $285 million manufacturing facility in Milwaukee as company officials see a growing need for minerals used in renewable energy and electric vehicle components. (WUWM)

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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.