Midwest Energy News

Lawsuit claims GM misled customers about electric vehicle range

EFFICIENCY: An advanced heat recovery system helped a Minnesota museum cut its carbon emissions by 16%. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors asks a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a South Dakota resident claiming the automaker misled customers about electric vehicle range. (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

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WIND:
• Federal researchers look to boost the output and revenue of wind projects by orienting turbines to minimize wind wake disturbance. (Energy News Network)
• A 120-turbine, 200 MW wind project is proposed in central Illinois. (Champaign News-Gazette)
• On April 10, MidAmerican Energy generated enough wind power to meet all of its retail electric customers’ power needs. (North American Windpower)

UTILITIES:
• An environmental group says Duke Energy is holding back renewable energy development in states where it operates, including by lobbying in support of repealing higher net metering rates in Indiana. (WBOI)
• The University of Iowa’s president says a public-private partnership to operate the campus’ utilities would help fund the school’s strategic plan. (Daily Iowan)

FRAC SAND: After nearly a year of review, Wisconsin environmental regulators decline to reissue a permit for a controversial frac sand operation. (Wisconsin State Journal)

RENEWABLES:
• An official with Minnesota-based General Mills makes the business case for running on 100 percent renewable power. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• AEP is building, acquiring and purchasing power from wind and solar projects across the U.S. to boost its renewable energy portfolio. (Columbus Business First)

STORAGE: An $800 million upgrade to a pumped hydro storage facility in western Michigan is expected to be completed next month. (WZZM)

BIOFUELS: Republican U.S. senators ask the EPA to scale back the amount of corn-based ethanol that’s required to be blended into the national fuel supply. (E&E News, subscription)

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PIPELINES:
• Michigan researchers seek to get a better understanding of how an oil spill would interact with ice in the Straits of Mackinac. (Petoskey News-Review)
• State regulators approve plans for a 77-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in western North Dakota. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates hope to see more representation of disadvantaged communities in cases before Michigan regulators. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Energy policies under consideration in Minnesota would rapidly deploy wind, solar and energy storage, advocates say. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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