Midwest Energy News

Lack of rural EV charging remains a challenge in Minnesota

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As EV ownership increases in Minnesota, drivers say a lack of charging stations in rural areas remains a challenge. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

ALSO:
Ford unveils an electric SUV model that will have a range of at least 300 miles. (Detroit News)
• General Motors scraps plans to unveil a new electric vehicle model at the Consumer Electronics Show following delays from the six-week UAW strike. (CNET)

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SOLAR:
A new Michigan law clarifies tax exemptions for small-scale solar installations while two large-scale projects are expected to add more than 350 MW of solar capacity in the coming months. (MiBiz)
• An Illinois solar installer says there are a “whole lot of stranded projects” as state legislation that would bolster solar incentives stalls. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• Some residents express concern over plans for a large-scale solar project in northern Indiana. (Logansport Pharos Tribune)

NUCLEAR: Ohio’s secretary of state asks the Ohio Supreme Court to not answer questions about the constitutionality of the state’s referendum process after advocates failed to provide enough signatures challenging a nuclear energy bailout. (Toledo Blade) 

COAL: An Indiana coal mine scaling back production plans to lay off 184 workers in January. (Evansville Courier & Press)

WIND: An Indianapolis company that installs various types of energy and civil infrastructure says its latest quarterly earnings were boosted by wind projects. (Inside Indiana Business)

CLIMATE: A former South Carolina congressman says at an Indiana conference that more conservatives are needed in the climate advocacy movement. (Indianapolis Star) 

BIOFUELS:
Developers halt construction on a $30 million improvement project at a northeastern Illinois biodiesel plant due to the lapse of a federal credit. (Morris Herald-News)
• An Indiana biofuel plant is the 10th facility to idle this year after the lapse of the federal biodiesel subsidy. (Reuters)
• Democratic lawmakers introduce bills to significantly curtail federal ethanol blending requirements in favor of cleaner biofuel alternatives. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES: Capital investments in reliability and wind energy over the past decade by Minnesota’s largest utilities have steadily increased electric rates. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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TRANSPORTATION: Several Midwest states join another lawsuit led by California challenging the U.S. EPA’s attempt to scrap a waiver allowing stronger vehicle emission standards. (Washington Post)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois climate activists say the state should be a leader in renewable energy deployment to combat the climate crisis. (Freeport Journal Standard)
• A northern Michigan columnist says natural gas remains the most reliable option for heating for the region. (Alpena News)

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