Midwest Energy News

GM unveils $20 billion EV plan with new models, stronger batteries

OHIO: FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to a special interest group that orchestrated ads, political donations, and other efforts behind Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Utility, nuclear and coal interests continue to play a large role in Ohio politics, giving about $3 million to Ohio campaigns in 2018. (Energy News Network)

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• General Motors unveils a long-range battery to power an expanded lineup of electric vehicles as part of the company’s $20 billion spending plan for electric and automated vehicles over the next five years. (Detroit Free Press)
• Ford announces plans for a battery-powered version of its popular Transit cargo van. (CNET)

• Iowa lawmakers pass a compromise bill on net metering that calls for studying the value of solar in 2027 and establishes alternative billing methods. (Radio Iowa)
• Coronavirus disruptions in China delay large-scale solar projects in Wisconsin while Minnesota companies also express concern. (Star Tribune)
• Michigan’s two largest utilities oppose lawmakers’ attempts to restore net metering and lift a cap on participation in distributed generation programs. (Daily Energy Insider)
• A 2 MW solar project in an Illinois gravel pit helps power a nearby sand and gravel business. (Power Engineering)
• A planned solar project in partnership between Iowa City and MidAmerican Energy could be located in a park with hiking trails, prairies and wetlands. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• A Minnesota tribal official looks to expand solar development opportunities among Native Americans. (The Circle)

PIPELINES: As legal battles continue over the Line 5 pipeline, an Enbridge subsidiary has purchased more than a dozen residential properties in northern Michigan in anticipation of building an underground tunnel. (Bridge Magazine)

POLICY: The Republican majority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has disrupted attempts by states in grid operator PJM’s territory to promote clean energy. (Bloomberg)

GRID: ComEd’s president says eight years and $2.6 billion in grid modernization efforts have led to consistent performance improvement. (Power Engineering)

• Kansas, Iowa and North Dakota now generate enough wind power annually to meet more than half of their energy needs, which advocates note is happening independent of energy policy. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An official with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says claims that the Clean Energy Jobs Act would prevent unprecedented rate hikes is a “false narrative and not backed up by fact.” (Energy News Network)

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