Midwest Energy News

General Motors to invest $28 million in Michigan battery lab

COAL: Recent announcements to close coal plants could undermine FirstEnergy’s effort to shift ownership of a West Virginia coal plant to its bankrupt subsidiary. (Energy News Network)

• The Trump administration’s plan to reconsider a regulation on mercury emissions from coal plants is a “crucial step toward de-emphasizing” life and health benefits as policymakers consider environmental rules. (New York Times)
• Indiana environmental groups fear the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan would keep large, polluting coal plants open in the state. (Indiana News Service)

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• A report projects that electric heating, cooling and transportation will need to play a key role in Minnesota’s effort to decarbonize its economy by 2050. (Energy News Network)
• School districts in Illinois and Indiana see potential for electric buses and solar power. (New York Times)

BIOGAS: A Missouri project that aims to turn prairie plants from marginal farmland into renewable natural gas could have broad environmental benefits and generate new revenue for farmers. (Energy News Network)

• General Motors will invest $28 million in its Michigan battery testing and development lab as the company plans more EVs. (Automotive News)
• A Kansas City engineering firm’s advanced EV charging network will provide real-time visibility into the network and charging data. (Utility Dive)

• A Michigan engineering researcher develops an advanced solar cell that could reduce manufacturing costs by 10 percent. (CleanTechnica)
• Missouri regulators approve Ameren Missouri’s first pilot subscriber solar project, a 1 MW installation at the St. Louis airport. (Utility Dive)
• A city in eastern Iowa approves plans for solar installations on or near five city-owned facilities. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

• The Democratic candidate for Iowa governor faces criticism from a GOP official over his role in approving a grant for an ethanol plant that closed last year. (Radio Iowa)
• Democratic challengers to incumbents on the North Dakota Public Service Commission say they want greater public input during utility rate cases. (Bismarck Tribune)

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OIL AND GAS: North Dakota researchers receive a $3.5 million federal grant to study how carbon dioxide can help with oil extraction. (Forum News Service)

COMMENTARY: A former state lawmaker says Michigan’s 2016 energy laws that phase out net metering are fair and meant to prevent cross-subsidization among ratepayers. (Bridge Magazine)

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