SOLAR: A Wisconsin town sues state regulators in an effort to overturn the approval of what would be the state’s largest solar project. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• A solar group-buying program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, now serves about 430 homes and expects to deliver $12 million in collective savings to members over the life of installations. (Click on Detroit)
• A planned southeastern Nebraska solar project expects to generate nearly $1.25 million a year in revenue for local governments and school districts. (York News-Times)
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• Conservative Iowa farmers are teaming up with the Sierra Club to oppose carbon pipeline proposals, which landowners fear could ruin crop yield and expose people to a hazardous gas. (Politico)
• Iowa’s consumer advocate seeks more information from a carbon pipeline developer about the project’s potential impact on landowners. (NWestIowa.com)
POLLUTION: People of color in Wisconsin are more likely to be exposed to harmful air pollution than White residents, creating the third-largest disparity among U.S. states, according to an environmental advocacy group. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
GRID: The North American Electric Reliability Corp. urges state regulators to grill utilities on how they would handle controlled outages this summer if extreme heat and high demand combine with insufficient power supplies. (Des Moines Register)
NUCLEAR: The CEO of Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative promotes small modular nuclear reactors to maintain grid reliability and reduce emissions. (WUWM)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A North Dakota solar installer who says he’s the first person in the state with an electric truck touts the vehicle’s environmental and cost-saving benefits. (KVRR)
• Spire and Ameren Missouri launch a “pay as you save” program to help customers upgrade energy efficiency with little to no upfront costs. (KSDK)
• ComEd awards nearly $690,000 to an Illinois parks district for various energy efficiency upgrades that will save more than $135,000 in electricity costs annually. (Daily Herald)
• ComEd seeks regulatory approval to recover $50 million from customers to expand energy efficiency programs. (Daily Energy Insider)
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WIND: A developer will continue to meet with local officials and residents over plans for a southwestern Iowa wind project. (KMALand)
OVERSIGHT: A former state representative will step down as a member of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission later this month to take a lobbying job with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. (Shelbyville News)