WORKFORCE: Wisconsin employers, unions, cities and educational institutions are working to ensure the state has enough trained workers to install an anticipated influx of renewable energy and efficiency projects made possible by federal funding. (WUWM)
CARBON CAPTURE: A North Dakota board approves permits for an expanded carbon storage facility that will double the state’s capacity to bury carbon emissions underground. (Bismarck Tribune)
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Bootcamp
Join the Electrification Coalition for two state-specific events about the transition to electric vehicles, October 17 in Chicago and October 24 in Lansing, Michigan Learn from government and industry experts about the benefits of medium- and heavy-duty EVs and opportunities to accelerate their deployment. Attendees can also view cutting-edge electric truck and bus models in person!
- Solar advocates say Michigan is a prime example of how restrictive zoning regulations by township boards poses a barrier to solar development on agriculture land. (Grist/Interlochen Public Radio)
- A northwestern Iowa county adds commercial solar projects to a one-year moratorium extension on commercial wind projects as officials craft local regulations. (NWestIowa.com)
- A Detroit resident makes progress on a plan to convert a vacant and dilapidated house into an energy-efficient, solar installation training site. (Detroit Free Press)
NUCLEAR: The owner of a recently shuttered Michigan nuclear plant will soon seek a license transfer needed to reopen the facility, which could happen by August 2025. (Holland Sentinel)
GRID: Illinois will receive a $16 million federal grant to help small municipal and cooperative utilities improve grid reliability and resilience. (WMBD)
UTILITIES: Wisconsin clean energy advocates are concerned about the effects that utilities’ proposed rate increases and changes to net metering might mean for energy-burdened households and clean energy targets. (Daily Cardinal)
EFFICIENCY: An Xcel Energy pilot project will extend energy efficiency upgrades to more Minnesota mobile home parks, which are notoriously energy inefficient. (Sahan Journal)
BATTERIES: LG Energy Solution may receive nearly $600 million in additional state and local tax incentives under a proposed $3 billion expansion to make electric vehicle battery components. (Bridge)
MnSEIA Gateway to Solar
MnSEIA’s 10th annual Gateway to Solar conference will be October 9-10, 2023, at the InterContinental MSP/St. Paul Airport Hotel. Meet industry professionals and gain insights into Minnesota’s booming solar market during this two-day conference. Register today!
CLEAN ENERGY: An Iowa conference next week will discuss ways the state can leverage federal clean energy funding to upgrade the state’s power grid and transition from coal. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
COMMENTARY: Researchers and local officials say the federal Inflation Reduction Act can help Indiana residents install electric and more efficient appliances that will save costs in the long run. (Herald-Times)