Tight housing market limits impact of energy efficiency disclosures

EFFICIENCY: New rules requiring sellers of Twin Cities homes to disclose energy efficiency scores have so far had little impact on buyer decisions due to the tight housing market and other factors. (Energy Information Network)

SOLAR:
• Wisconsin regulators will hear testimony this week about the legality of third party solar financinga concept that has met with strong opposition from state utilities. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A team of undergraduate students from the University of Michigan will conduct a solar powered car 3,000 miles from New Jersey to California. (Detroit Free Press)
• Oneida Nation officials are considering using federal grants to install a solar project on the tribe’s Wisconsin reservation. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

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GRID:
• As a board of directors of the network manager MISO prepares to vote today on a $10.4 billion long-term transmission plan and 18 projectsconsumer groups file a complaint denouncing an “anti-competitive” planning process. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• Tech experts say Wisconsin “could really benefit” to use freeway rights-of-way for underground transmission lines coupled with broadband Internet infrastructure. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A Michigan energy regulator host a discussion on electrical capacity, but says the state’s power grid isn’t likely to run out in the short term. (MiBiz)

OIL GAS: Last year’s $4.7 billion federal infrastructure act to cap orphan oil and gas wells in the United States will only be enough to scratch the surface of the problem, an analysis shows. (Bloomberg’s Law)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis are among the US cities where Amazon and Rivian will soon be rolling out personalized products electric delivery vehicles. (ROI5)

COAL: Local officials approve plans to redevelop part of a former coal-fired power plant in Wisconsin into an industrial park. (Kenosha News)

PIPES:
• Nebraska Landowners Raising concerns on a project to convert a nearly 400-mile gas pipeline to transport carbon dioxide. (Lincoln Journal Star)
• The Keystone Pipeline resumption of typical operations over the weekend after a transformer station in South Dakota was vandalized the previous week. (S&P Global)

RENEWABLES: Community members in Columbia, Missouri are again put pressure on local elected officials adopt a 100% clean energy plan by 2030. (Columbia daily column)

UTILITIES: CenterPoint Energy shareholders widely opposed a new executive compensation structure as customers face rising natural gas bills. (Star Tribune)

HYDROELECTRIC: The Minnesota Legislature recently adjourned before approving $2.2 million to pay for repairs to a hydroelectric dam, frustrating local authorities. (Central West Tribune)

WIND: A county in northwestern Illinois is the site of several new wind farm developments. (Republic of Geneseo)

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COMMENT:
• A current university researcher and a recently retired researcher state that small modular nuclear reactors “have the same economic and environmental risks like their larger predecessors and make no sense for Iowa. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A columnist claims that the abandonment of MidAmerican Energy’s plans for a Wind project of 30 turbines in Iowa is the “latest example of rural backlash against the encroachment of large-scale renewable energy projects. (Forbes)
• Iowa Business for Clean Energy executive director says MidAmerican Energy $3.9 billion clean energy spending plan needs careful scrutiny from state regulators. (Des Moines Registry)

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