ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As EV ownership increases in Minnesota, drivers say a lack of charging stations in rural areas remains a challenge. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Ford unveils an electric SUV model that will have a range of at least 300 miles. (Detroit News)
• General Motors scraps plans to unveil a new electric vehicle model at the Consumer Electronics Show following delays from the six-week UAW strike. (CNET)
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• A new Michigan law clarifies tax exemptions for small-scale solar installations while two large-scale projects are expected to add more than 350 MW of solar capacity in the coming months.
Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators rule that WEC Energy Group utilities can’t use ratepayer funds to subsidize home EV charging stations. (Wisconsin State Journal)
COAL: Groups involved in a settlement agreement over the closing of an Illinois coal plant say it could be a model for helping communities transition from plant closures. (Utility Dive)
• The Omaha Public Power District board approves plans for a 600 MW solar project, which would be the largest in Nebraska.
Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! TRANSPORTATION: Minnesota could achieve net-zero transportation emissions by 2050 almost entirely through more electric and biofuel-powered vehicles, according to a state report. (Energy News Network)
COAL: A federal judge approves a settlement agreement that will close a central Illinois coal plant by 2022 and provide $8.6 million for workforce development and public health projects. (Peoria Journal Star)
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• Dakota Access pipeline officials say doubling the capacity of the line won’t increase the risk of a spill, a claim opponents have dismissed.
Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! NATURAL GAS: Michigan’s largest utility pledges net zero methane emissions from its natural gas delivery system by 2030. (Energy News Network)
• Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members plan to argue against the proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline, saying it threatens their Missouri River water supply. (Associated Press)
• Cleanup continues around the clock at the Keystone pipeline spill site in North Dakota.
Consumers Energy will target methane leaks in its system and buy renewable natural gas to offset what it can’t plug.