Midwest Energy News

GM plant closures come amid shift to electric, autonomous vehicles

TRANSPORTATION:
• General Motors announces it will close five plants in the U.S. and Canada as it shifts its focus to electric and autonomous vehicles. (Vox)
• GM will also stop producing the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid designed to be a transition between conventional and electric vehicles. (Quartz)

RENEWABLES:
• The Ohio Senate president says it’s unlikely state lawmakers will revise renewable energy standards this year: “It’s more important for us that we get policy right.” (WKSU)
• Several market changes are needed by grid operators MISO and PJM to incorporate more renewables, according to a new report. (RTO Insider)

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WIND:
• A Kansas city enters into a long-term contract for wind power that will meet half of its energy needs and save $50,000 a year. (Manhattan Mercury)
• Workplace safety regulators investigate a worker’s death at a wind project under construction in northern Iowa. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

FRAC SAND: A Wisconsin judge is scheduled to rule this week on a lawsuit challenging the state’s role in approving a controversial frac sand operation. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
• Indiana solar advocates say interest in net metering has declined over the past year as residents mistakenly perceive it to be unavailable. (Muncie Star Press)
• A proposed pilot project by We Energies aims to increase its solar energy portfolio without passing costs on to customers. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• A photovoltaics program at an Ohio prison trains inmates for entering the solar industry. (Columbus Dispatch)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota environmental groups remain concerned about replacing Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline despite gains by Democrats in this month’s election. (MinnPost)
• The Keystone XL pipeline developer plans to ask a judge to clarify an injunction to allow pre-construction work to continue. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
• A proposed refinery in western North Dakota would rely on Bakken oil and locally sourced agricultural products and waste oils. (Forum News Service)
• North Dakota regulators approve a $150 million expansion at a natural gas processing plant. (Bismarck Tribune)

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POLITICS: The coal industry is “conspicuously absent” from Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s energy transition team. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY: Declining renewable energy and storage prices mean Vectren’s proposed $780 million natural gas plant “makes no sense … for Indiana,” says a consumer advocacy group. (Indianapolis Business Journal)

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