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)

ALSO:
• 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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CLEAN ENERGY:
• 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)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• 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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

POLITICS:
• 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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