Daily Digest

Duke Energy plans 5 megawatt microgrid project at Indiana National Guard base

SOLAR:
• The U.S. International Trade Commission issues three non-binding recommendations for imported solar components that include up to a 35 percent tariff. (Associated Press)
• The recommendations are “all over the map, but none come close to the proposals” originally sought by SolarWorld and Suniva. (Utility Dive)

ALSO:
• An Iowa-based solar installer is offering a storage solution that could cut power bills in half for some large electricity customers in a state with high demand charges. (Midwest Energy News)
• A collaborative project among leaders in Chicago-area communities looks to make it easier for residents and developers to create new markets for rooftop solar. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Minneapolis City Council last month signed new 25-year agreements for community solar subscriptions that will dedicate a portion to serve low-income households. (Southwest Journal)
• Advocates say while there is solar growth potential in Wisconsin, they will remain focused on investor-owned utilities’ attempts to raise fees. (Shepherd Express)
• An Illinois township proposes a combination solar panel farm and cemetery expansion project on about 40 acres of farmland. (Peoria Journal Star)

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WIND: A consultant with a wind developer in Iowa describes a “shocking” scene where police believe wind energy opponents placed dead rabbits around a wind turbine to attract eagles and other birds into the path of the turbine blades. (KWWL)

MICROGRID: Duke Energy is planning a 5-megawatt microgrid project at a National Guard base in Indiana. (Energy Storage News)

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency investments have saved a Wisconsin farm nearly $89,000 a year on energy costs. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

OIL AND GAS: With declining output, shale producers are seeing increased pressure from shareholders who want to see less investment and more profits. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: A planned $38.5 million, 38-megawatt natural gas plant will no longer be built in Nebraska after a dispute over whether the private developer could legally build it. (Omaha World-Herald)

PETCOKE: The Detroit City Council passes a long-debated ordinance to regulate the handling of petroleum coke, a byproduct of a nearby oil refinery in the city. (Detroit News)

GRID: The $2 billion, 800-mile CapX2020 transmission line is officially online in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. (KSFY)

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UTILITIES: State officials in Ohio have recommended Duke Energy reduce its distribution rates on customers rather than increase them. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

COMMENTARY: A University of Chicago professor says states with high potential for wind energy not only face barriers with the Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal and nuclear plants, but also “political and regulatory realities” that continue to hold back development. (Forbes)

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