TRANSPORTATION: General Motors announces plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from all new models by 2035 and to make its global operations carbon neutral by 2040, riding a climate change shift with the Biden administration. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• The move is a significant shift for a company that has built its brand image and profits on gas-guzzling SUVs. (Inside Climate News)
• GM’s new targets could lead to major shifts in the manufacturing and utility sectors, experts say. (E&E News, subscription)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A governor-appointed environmental justice task force in Michigan is having an influence in top-level decision making, members and other activists say, though some want it to have “more teeth.” (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• An amendment to an already controversial Indiana energy bill would place restrictions on state-funded universities’ clean energy investments. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota lawmakers begin work on legislation that would require utilities to produce 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Environmental and solar activists are suing Wisconsin regulators for their approval of Madison Gas and Electric rates they argue are discriminatory against low-income customers and discourage solar and efficiency investments. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• County officials approve plans for a 1 MW community solar project in southwestern Minnesota. (Pipestone County Star)

OHIO: The racketeering investigation surrounding HB 6 will continue despite the current federal prosecutor preparing to depart under the Biden administration. (Columbus Dispatch)

RENEWABLES: Renewable energy companies’ stocks will likely benefit from the Biden administration’s approach to tackling climate change and bolstering clean energy. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION:
• Opponents of renewable energy infrastructure projects may be able stall development by deploying some of the same legal tactics that have upended the pipeline sector, experts say. (S&P Global)
• A bipartisan group of former FERC commissioners and chairs say regulators must tackle interregional transmission planning to maximize wind and solar benefits. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Developers plan to lease vacant industrial land as a staging area for a planned 300 MW wind project in central Illinois. (Journal Courier)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy “must become part of the Republican Party’s core messaging platform as a matter of survival,” says a board member of the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum. (MinnPost)
• Canceling a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline risks more oil being transported by rail instead, says a Wisconsin editorial board. (Racine Journal Times)
• Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine must pick a new Public Utilities Commission member who will “resist the Statehouse’s go-along, get-along, we’re-all-pals atmosphere,” an editorial board says. (Cleveland.com)
• A CenterPoint Energy executive says demand from southern Indiana customers has helped lead the company’s transition from coal to renewables. (Courier & Press)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.