OIL & GAS: Ohio and other Midwest states allow for the “beneficial use” of oil and gas wastewater for road de-icing and dust suppression, which critics say raises public health concerns. (Grist)
COAL: Duke Energy plans to resubmit a proposal to decommission a southern Indiana coal plant that includes managing coal ash storage sites. (News and Tribune)
Webinar: Pollinator-friendly solar
Research confirms the renewable energy sector provides a unique opportunity for creating pollinator habitat. Join Monarch Joint Venture, MNL, and Connexus Energy on May 18 to learn more.
GRID: Grid operator PJM issues a new report meant to act as a planning roadmap as fossil fuel plants come offline and renewable energy and storage ramps up. (Utility Dive)
• The first net-zero apartment complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which recently completed construction, sells to a new owner after quickly generating interest from prospective buyers. (MiBiz)
• CenterPoint Energy issues a request for proposals from developers of wind, solar and storage, as well as demand-side resources, to help the utility meet its clean energy goals in Indiana. (Inside Indiana Business)
POLLUTION: Iowa’s air pollutant levels have dropped by more than 40% over the past 20 years, particularly in the electric generation sector. (Axios)
• Nissan executives expect to build a third electric vehicle manufacturing plant in the U.S. to meet demand in the coming years. (Associated Press)
• A Wisconsin organization awards grants to help cover the costs of electric vehicles for nonprofits, which often operate on tight budgets and lack access to tax credits available to individuals and companies. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Shares of electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors surged 23% on Thursday as the company closed on a deal to sell its Ohio manufacturing facility to Foxconn. (Reuters)
Webinar: Minnesota Power’s long-range energy plan
The investments utilities make in energy infrastructure have major impacts on public health, environmental justice, equity, and beyond. Join Fresh Energy and partners on May 19 to learn what a new study in Minnesota revealed about one utility’s long-range plan.
WIND: Opponents turn out to a public meeting on a proposed 38-turbine wind project in southeastern Nebraska, which developers hope to start building in 2024. (News Channel Nebraska)
BIOFUELS: The owner of a Nebraska warehouse is suing the operator of a now-defunct ethanol plant after it failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent and utilities. (Lincoln Journal Star)