Midwest Energy News

General Motors to invest $2.2 billion in Detroit EV plant

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors will invest $2.2 billion in its first all-electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

ALSO: An Ohio congressman is leading an effort to secure a $200 million federal loan for a company building an electric vehicle plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Warren Tribune Chronicle)

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TRANSMISSION: Missouri House lawmakers vote to block the Grain Belt Express transmission line by removing the developer’s ability to use eminent domain. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

BIOGAS: Minnesota dairy farmers see a “new gold rush” in producing biogas from manure for transportation fuel and low-carbon credits. (Star Tribune)

WIND: WEC Energy Group plans to invest $345 million for an 80% ownership in a central Illinois wind project. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

BIOMASS: State and local officials in Minnesota seek a $5 million annual subsidy to continue burning emerald ash borer-infested wood for energy, which costs more than wind or solar power. (Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Local officials consider plans for a solar project at a southern Indiana airport that was once one of the country’s largest toxic waste dumps. (Seymour Tribune)
• Wisconsin farmers weigh options for installing solar on cropland, which advocates say would require only a small part of the state’s total agricultural land. (WUWM)
• A southwestern Illinois village considers local regulations for large-scale solar projects. (Edwardsville Intelligencer)

PIPELINES: Activists deliver more than 14,000 signatures asking Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. (Detroit News)

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BIOFUELS: Farm groups back a federal court ruling that the U.S. EPA can’t exempt certain small refineries from biofuel blending requirements. (Grand Forks Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• An agreement allowing Tesla to sell and service its cars in Michigan is a “symbolic defeat” for Detroit automakers, a columnist says. (Detroit News)
• Conflicting reports from Enbridge over the size of a broken pipe left in the Straits of Mackinac sows further distrust between the company and state officials, an editorial board says. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)
• An Illinois columnist says a state permit allowing a mining company to discharge waste into the Big Muddy River is “essentially ceding one of its major rivers to a private company to use as its personal storm sewer.” (Southern Illinoisan)

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