Midwest Energy News

Detroit emerges as an electric vehicle hub

SOLAR:
• Iowa clean energy advocates suspect the state’s largest utility is secretly behind a new organization claiming to represent farmers, consumers and businesses that oppose the state’s solar policies. (Energy News Network)
• A northern Michigan community debates new regulations on solar projects. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

UTILITIES: Advocates say Consumers Energy’s long-term clean energy plan is at a “crossroads” after a Michigan judge recommends rejecting the plan. (Energy News Network)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Southeastern Michigan emerges as a hub for electric vehicle development. (Detroit Free Press)
• Electric vehicle advocates say some state policies for boosting transportation funding remove incentives for purchasing plug-in vehicles. (E&E News, subscription)
• Former House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt lobbies on behalf of a company making an electric SUV. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy’s aggressive lobbying strategy to secure nuclear subsidies has broad implications for Ohio’s energy future. (InsideClimate News)

WIND: Experts say it’s rare for wind turbines to stop functioning due to cold weather. (Forum News Service)

PIPELINES: Developers and industry groups see “valve turner” pipeline activists as domestic terrorists. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• Vice President Mike Pence touts the administration’s record on rolling back hydraulic fracturing regulations at an event in Ohio. (Associated Press)
• A southern Michigan power agency wants grid operator MISO to perform a feasibility study on new natural gas plants for the region. (Hillsdale Daily News)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Student activists at the University of Michigan say it is “highly disappointing” to have representatives from the state’s two largest utilities on a campus sustainability commission. (Michigan Daily)
• The University of Illinois helps lead the state’s clean energy transition. (Daily Illini)

COMMENTARY: Solar advocates say DTE Energy’s latest rate case is an attempt to control customers’ ability to generate their own power. (Bridge Magazine)

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