Midwest Energy News

Indiana Republican helps lead Senate climate caucus

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Sacramento, California, prepares to test a hyperlocal EV charging program that will use a Chicago company’s blockchain software to track customer rewards. (Energy News Network)
• Ford and General Motors ramp up development of electric versions of popular truck models to head off Tesla. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
• Mayors and other local officials in Indiana share ideas about local resilience to climate change at a summit this week. (Goshen News)
• Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana will
lead the formation of a bipartisan climate caucus in the U.S. Senate. (Washington Examiner)

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GRID: Michigan officials ask regional grid operators to prioritize reliability services like demand response following an incident last winter when fuel supplies were constrained. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators deny Westar’s request to charge customers $93 million for an 8% stake in the state’s largest power plant. (KWCH)

SOLAR:
• Developers propose a 250 MW solar project in southwestern Indiana. (Terre Haute Tribune Star)
• Construction is completed on 15 community solar projects in Minnesota totaling 20 MW of capacity. (Solar Industry Magazine)
• An eastern Michigan county makes progress on a draft of new regulations for solar installations. (Huron Daily Tribune)

BIOFUELS: President Trump tells reporters the White House is making progress on biofuel issues after officials met with oil refinery executives. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION: Key senators say raising fees for electric vehicle drivers may help pay for a $287 billion federal transportation bill. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
• The review process resumes on a planned offshore wind project in Lake Erie after the developer paid an outstanding bill to state regulators. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Developers seeking to build a wind project in central Indiana meet with local residents to “dispel rumors” about turbines’ impact on health and the local economy. (WBAA)
• Construction is underway on two central Michigan wind projects, which will be the largest in the state. (9&10 News)
• Ohio regulators hear public testimony on plans for a 200 MW wind project in northern Ohio. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)

COMMENTARY: An Ohio editorial board opposes a referendum on nuclear energy subsidies, saying keeping two FirstEnergy plants open keeps carbon emissions low while providing local jobs. (Toledo Blade)

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