Midwest Energy News

GM calls for national zero-emissions vehicle standards

EMISSIONS: General Motors asks the federal government for national gas mileage and zero-emissions vehicle sales standards to help the U.S. “lead the way to a zero emissions future.” (Associated Press)

ALSO: Illinois is on track to reduce carbon emissions 22 percent by 2030, researchers say, which could increase with the closing of six downstate coal plants. (Energy News Network)

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• Clean energy groups skeptical of DTE Energy’s plan to build a $1 billion natural gas plant in Michigan say the company should be making a more aggressive transition to renewables. (E&E News, subscription)
• DTE’s CEO also says the plant will provide reliable baseload power that can’t be achieved by renewables and storage. (E&E News, subscription)

REGULATION: An attorney representing ComEd and other energy companies says collaboration among various interest groups has been key to implementing the Future Energy Jobs Act in Illinois. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota will bring an influx of workforce camps, raising concerns about traffic risks and crime. (South Dakota News Watch)

• North Dakota officials are interested in revising natural gas flaring regulations as operators burn off record volumes of gas. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Cleanup is underway at two sites in western North Dakota that spilled a total of more than 50,000 gallons of brine. (Associated Press)

COAL: A growing number of local officials want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public hearings on a plan to protect Illinois’ Middle Fork River from coal ash. (Champaign News-Gazette)

WIND: Missouri regulators authorize Ameren’s plans for a 400 MW wind project, which would be the largest in the state. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

• Manufacturing output increases at First Solar’s plant in Ohio. (PV Magazine)
• County officials approve a 10-acre solar project in southeastern Minnesota. (Albert Lea Tribune)
• A new law in Michigan reduces electricity costs for a company that manufactures components for solar panels. (Michigan Radio)
• A Minnesota military veteran wins a solar array that will help defray electricity costs. (ECM Post Review)

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BIOFUELS: Ethanol industry officials and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley say the U.S. EPA needs to speed up the timeline for moving to year-round sales of E15. (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY: Plant closures in several Midwest states contribute to a projected record amount of coal retirements in 2018, a new report finds. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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