Midwest Energy News

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The transit agency in Wichita, Kansas, will be the first in the state to experiment with electrified transportation when it starts operating four electric buses next month. (Energy News Network)

• General Motors sells an Ohio assembly plant to a start-up manufacturer of electric pickup trucks, which pledges to rehire GM workers at comparable wages. (Reuters)
• A Minneapolis suburb is a state leader in transitioning to an electric or hybrid vehicle fleet. (Eden Prairie News)

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GRID: Illinois utility ComEd tests how blockchain software might help it manage an increasingly complex distribution grid that includes more solar and storage. (Energy News Network)

• North Dakota regulators expect wind turbine repowering to be the “new normal.” (Bismarck Tribune)
• A 250 MW wind project in southwestern Minnesota secures $158 million in commercial financing. (North American Windpower)

OIL & GAS: We Energies seeks permission to build two plants totaling $370 million that would store liquefied natural gas to meet demand spikes on cold winter days. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Wisconsin regulators re-evaluate plans for a manure digester facility after facing local zoning obstacles. (Wisconsin State Journal)

• Local officials consider plans for a 150 MW solar project in northwestern Ohio. (Lima News)
• A Nebraska natural resources district considers plans for a solar project that could help diversify revenue sources. (KNOP)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says President Trump is willing to work through concerns about proposed changes to biofuel blending requirements. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

• A North Dakota editorial board says more thorough hearings are needed on proposed wind projects before they “dot the landscape.” (Bismarck Tribune)
• Indiana policymakers should prepare for the transition from coal by making the state hospitable to renewable energy and offering training for coal miners. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
• The effort to hold a referendum over Ohio’s nuclear and coal plant subsidies will show whether the state’s procedural laws limit residents’ constitutional rights, an editorial board says. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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