ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford plans to spend $4.5 billion to introduce 13 new electric car models by 2020. (Detroit Free Press)

EFFICIENCY: The federal government reduces its energy use to the lowest levels since 1975. (Climate Central)

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EMISSIONS: Pulling carbon from the air may not be a far-off concept to mitigate climate change. (Yale Environment 360)

• A leading bond-rating agency sees no slowing or reversal in 2016 of coal’s dimming future. (Platts)
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who faces up to one year in prison for a misdemeanor, is to be sentenced April 6. (Associated Press)
Michigan researchers say carbon capture is too costly. (Michigan Radio)
San Francisco’s employee retirement fund votes to divest its coal holdings. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to look at alternative paths through national forests in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. (Triad Business Journal)

• Colorado’s supreme court hears arguments over whether local governments should have the authority to ban fracking. (Colorado Independent)
• The omnibus spending bill being negotiated in Congress now is likely to include an end to a ban on U.S. oil exports. (The Hill)
A legal debate is rekindled over whether the government is obligated to sell publicly owned minerals whose burning could exacerbate climate change. (Greenwire)

• U.S. negotiators in Paris are trying to convince other nations to not make a deal on emissions cuts subject to international law, which would require Senate approval. (Greenwire)
As time winds down, potential for an agreement grows. (ClimateWire)

• A 104 MW solar array in Utah – one of the largest in North America – went online yesterday. (Deseret News)
• A program in San Antonio lets homeowners rent their rooftops for solar power. (KSAT)
• Despite only one project being built in the first year of the program, a Minnesota utility expects the pace of community solar to pick up significantly in 2016. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: GM says it will buy 30 MW of wind to help power a Texas assembly plant that builds large large SUVs. (Reuters)

CLEANTECH: The new CEO of the Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust explains how the organization advances the clean energy economy and how the Midwest can play a leadership role. (Midwest Energy News)

BATTERIES: Firefighters warn of the risks posed by widespread adoption of in-home energy storage. (EnergyWire)

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NUCLEAR: The U.S. nuclear industry looks to cut costs 30 percent by 2018. (Platts)

COMMENTARY: “Costly, polluting transmission lines” shouldn’t be part of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s progressive energy plan. (Huffington Post)

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.

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