Midwest Energy News

Illinois lawmaker proposes $1,000 annual fee for EV drivers

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:  Illinois legislation would raise annual electric vehicle registration fees to $1,000, which electric vehicle manufacturers say would discourage EV purchases and drivers call “outrageous.” (Chicago Tribune)

ALSO:
• Advocates say Michigan needs a long-term road-funding plan that doesn’t place high fees on electric vehicle drivers. (MiBiz)
• Residents in Ann Arbor, Michigan, press local officials to open a curbside electric vehicle charging station. (MLive)

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OIL & GAS: North Dakota prepares to sue Washington state over a new law requiring oil moved by rail to have fewer volatile gases. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• As Midwest utilities embrace large-scale solar projects, they’re also pushing back against customer-owned distributed generation. (E&E News, subscription)
• Initiatives in Kansas City, Missouri, make it easier for residents to install or subscribe to solar projects. (KSHB)
• A 1 MW solar project in Naperville outside of Chicago may be a precursor for the city’s expanded renewable energy program. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)
• Some residents in central Ohio are concerned a utility-scale solar project wouldn’t benefit the community. (Xenia Daily Gazette)

HYDRO: Construction on a $400 million hydroelectric plant in central Iowa is nearly complete. (KCCI)

WIND:
• Ameren plans to acquire a 300 MW wind project in northwestern Missouri that begins operating next year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A wind turbine manufacturing plant in Kansas appears to be unharmed by major layoffs by Siemens. (Wichita Business Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: Demand increases for workers to fill wind energy and ethanol jobs in North Dakota. (Grand Forks Herald)

FRAC SAND: A lawsuit against a frac sand mining operation in western Wisconsin lingers even though the developer says the project is not moving forward. (Wisconsin State Journal)

POLITICS: Illinois Democrats take different approaches to climate change policy. (Chicago Tribune)

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BIOFUELS: Representatives from Iowa and Nebraska lead a group of lawmakers calling on the U.S. EPA to stop granting biofuel waivers to refiners. (WHO-TV)

COMMENTARY:
• Activist and author Bill McKibben calls a proposed tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac a “Tunnel to Oblivion, locking us into another 40 years of fossil fuel dependence.” (Detroit Free Press)
• Iowa conservatives say renewables will help diversify the state’s energy portfolio and gives it more control over its energy transition. (Des Moines Register)
• Clean energy analysts say a bill to subsidize Ohio nuclear and coal plants is misguided and unnecessary for electricity supply or rates. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis)

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