Midwest Energy News

Ford investigates whether emissions testing was skewed

EFFICIENCY:
• Utilities could improve participation in energy efficiency programs by using surveys and smart meter data to tailor messages to individual customers, a new report says. (Energy News Network)
• Businesses in a southwestern Michigan city can receive energy efficiency rebates through a new utility program. (ABC57)

EMISSIONS:
• Ford investigates whether incorrect computer modeling may have caused it to misstate fuel economy and emissions during government testing. (Detroit News)
• A Minnesota company helps three university campuses meet carbon-neutrality goals. (Pioneer Press)

WIND: The Ohio Power Siting Board approves a 125 MW wind project near the Indiana border. (Toledo Blade)

POLITICS: We Energies and AEP were among a group of utilities that paid more than $6 million to lobby against Obama-era air regulations. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TRANSPORTATION: The DeWine administration in Ohio recommends increasing the state gasoline tax by 18 cents to provide road infrastructure funding. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: A Minnesota Democrat blasts Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to delay the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. (Duluth News Tribune)

NATURAL GAS: Michigan’s two largest utilities push for a state energy review to include an evaluation of redundancy in the state’s natural gas supply. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The public transit agency for the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area unveils its first of eight electric buses. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• An increasing number of drivers in Iowa turn to electric vehicles as the region cuts its carbon emissions. (High Plains Public Radio)

COAL: Ohio officials will hold a public hearing next week on plans for a strip mining project in a state forest. (Columbus Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: Michigan regulators approve DTE Energy’s revised program that allows residential and small commercial customers to purchase renewable energy. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Officials investigate the cause of a fire at an ethanol plant in northeastern Iowa. (Radio Iowa)

SOLAR: A central Illinois company helps lead the state’s solar jobs boom. (Effingham Daily News)

CLEAN ENERGY: The first Michigan Climate Action Summit outlined strategies to advance clean energy in the state. (WOOD-TV)

COMMENTARY: A Michigan State University official says the school’s energy transition plan is reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Lansing State Journal)

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