Detroit’s Untapped Energy Savings Potential

EFFICIENCY: A growing number of Detroit commercial building owners are adopting energy efficiency measures to reduce energy waste, costs and emissions, while experts see significant potential to do more across the city. (Energy News Network/Planet Detroit)

• Federal environmental officials respond to a spill of thousands of gallons of petroleum-like material in the Flint River in eastern Michigan. (MLive)
• Oil and gas production in North Dakota dropped 20% in April from the previous month, although state officials say the number of rigs is slowly increasing. (Minot Daily News)

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• Amid sweltering temperatures and widespread power outages, Ohio utilities ask customers to save energy and turn off power to certain areas to avoid wider power outages; state regulators are expected to meet with utility leaders this week to discuss how to prevent similar problems in the future. (WTOL, Columbus Dispatch, WBNS)
• Michigan utility officials and regulators say the state’s grid is ready for an upcoming heat wavealthough climate change is expected to increase the challenges on the system. (Michigan Bridge)
• A federal energy laboratory will study how climate change is likely to threaten power grid infrastructurestarting with the ComEd system in Illinois. (E&E News)
• The PJM network manager offers a “first ready, first served” interconnection process to clear a backlog of pending generation projects. (Utility Diving)

COAL: County officials discuss next steps after an environmental group won a lawsuit that will force Duke Energy to change its plan to clean up a coal ash pond in southern Indiana. (Reporter-Times)

• Central Indiana County Officials reject a developer’s request for a land designation that would have opened up the potential for tax incentives on a 1,600-acre solar project. (Review Review)
• Central Ohio County Officials approve a resolution give the cantons the power to prohibit future commercial solar projects. (Union County Daily Digital)
• Alliant Energy is poised to be the largest owner and operator of solar generation in Wisconsin as regulators greenlight a 414 MW project. (PV Magazine)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin’s natural resources secretary says the state is be very carrefully to the impacts of climate change that are already being felt across the state with warming temperatures and increased rainfall. (Wisconsin Examiner)

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NUCLEAR: The Beyond Nuclear Campaign is leading an effort urging Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to abandon a strategy to reopen the closed Palisades nuclear plant in southwestern Michigan. (RTO Insider, subscription)

COMMENT: A Sierra Club representative says Iowa should “balance its power grid by add more solar to its best-in-class wind power,” while reducing dependence on volatile fossil fuel prices. (Des Moines Registry)

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