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Energy News Roundup: Community programs to provide solar for low-income residents in Illinois, Ohio

Energy News Roundup: Community programs to provide solar for low-income residents in Illinois, Ohio
January 12, 2023 Kathy Johnson

Keep up with energy-related developments in the Great Lakes area with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

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Illinois

A project that combines energy efficiency, solar power and electrification is part of developer A.J. Patton’s mission to invest in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Illinois Solar for All is getting a boost from new state funding and rules that will empower community groups to do more outreach and education, which advocates hope will help identify more potential participants.

 

Indiana

A developer appeals to Indiana energy regulators to allow a proposed 120 MW solar project to move forward.

 

Michigan

A Michigan battery storage manufacturer is raising $50 million in capital to build a production facility in Clare, MI. to scale up production of its lead-acid battery technology, which executives say will be crucial to accompany growing amounts of renewable energy generation on the grid.

A transmission operator is studying the potential for the construction of a major transmission line through Montcalm and Ionia counties in central Michigan.

Detroit utility DTE Energy launches a new time-of-use rate to help customers reduce power use during peak demand periods. Times are centered on the hours of 3pm to 7pm.

Michigan regulators search for an outside consulting firm to determine the feasibility of new nuclear power generation.

 

Minnesota

A Minnesota couple is developing a potential solution for snow-covered solar panels: incorporating a heating material that would detect and respond to melt accumulated flakes.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz attends an unveiling and demonstration of the first electric fire truck manufactured in the state.

A Midwest clean energy advocate says Minnesota regulators should closely scrutinize Xcel Energy’s latest rate increase and urge the utility to invest in renewables.

 

Ohio

A rooftop solar project in Cleveland will collect data to document savings which could help the project to receive more funding for solar energy in neighborhoods that have historically been left behind.

Federal prosecutors release new documents showing how FirstEnergy used dark money groups to secretly pay $400,000 to benefit former House Speaker Larry Householder.

 

Ontario

Climate change is being felt in the way of extreme weather events, including flooding, heat waves and other natural challenges. Host Allison Devereaux is joined by Jason Thistlewaite from the University of Waterloo and the Climate Risk Research Group to learn more about what could be expected in Southwestern Ontario

 

Wisconsin

Learning from power outages: U.S. grid regulators are examining the fallout from a wave of extreme cold that knocked out power to more than 1.6 million U.S. customers over Christmas weekend and raised urgent questions about grid reliability.

Wisconsin receives $150 million in federal infrastructure funding that will provide grants to homeowners investing in energy efficiency upgrades.

 

National

It’s easier being green in 2023. Individuals can now take advantage of Inflation Reduction Act incentives for heat pumps, rooftop solar, and electric vehicles.

Time for a rebound? Supply chain disruptions and trade restrictions stalled wind and solar deployment in 2022, but industry projections suggest federal incentives could spark a rebound this year.

The U.S. experienced 15 weather disasters costing more than $1 billion in damage last year, as of mid-December, more than doubling the country’s average in the decades before 2017.

Following years of appeals from environmental activists, the EPA has proposed new standards for harmful particles known as PM 2.5. Some advocates say the changes don’t go far enough.


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