Midwest Energy News

Justice Department investigates Ford emission certifications

EMISSIONS: The U.S. Justice Department opens a criminal investigation into the accuracy of Ford’s emissions certification process. (Detroit Free Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: North Dakota lawmakers pass a bill increasing fees on electric vehicle drivers by $135 by 2022. (WHO-TV)

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PIPELINES: A Minnesota group spent nearly $250,000 since November on advertisements supporting the Line 3 pipeline, though its ties to Enbridge are unclear. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: South Dakota regulators fine a company $15.5 million over orphaned gas wells in the state, though it’s not certain whether it will be paid. (Rapid City Journal)

RENEWABLES: While Minnesota lawmakers debate a 100 percent clean energy bill, utilities in the state are already moving in that direction. (Rochester Post Bulletin)

BIOENERGY: A St. Louis energy company partners with more Missouri hog farms on manure-to-energy projects. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

EFFICIENCY:
• Chicago will install 40,000 LED streetlights in the next phase of its Smart Lighting Program that’s expected to save millions of dollars. (Smart Cities Dive)
• A Chicago-area elementary school is ComEd’s first net-zero school building. (Winnetka Talk)

SOLAR:
• A manufacturing facility in northern Minnesota produces more than 1,000 solar panels per day. (Virginia Hometown Focus)
• Industry supporters say an ad campaign supporting fees on net metering customers in Iowa makes misleading and inaccurate claims about rooftop solar. (WQAD)
• The number of solar installations grows at a steady pace in northern Michigan. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

ADVOCACY: Climate activists press U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan to support the Green New Deal and question campaign contributions from DTE Energy. (MLive)

FINANCE: Sempra Renewables’ sale of its wind power and natural gas storage assets to AEP nets the company $2.5 billion. (Power Engineering)

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WIND: A program in Iowa teaches middle schoolers about wind power engineering. (KMEG)

COMMENTARY:
• Leaders of an environmental and a fossil fuel group in Ohio say proposed legislation to support uneconomic nuclear plants doesn’t address the state’s future energy needs. (Columbus Dispatch)
• A columnist says multiple market analyses show a bleak future for ethanol production. (Southern Illinoisan)
• Wisconsin clean energy advocates say wind and solar projects are a “sustainable form of economic development.” (Madison Capital Times)
• The head of a northern Michigan electric cooperative says more small-scale power projects are needed to avoid stress on the grid. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

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