Midwest Energy News

Legal agreement would allow Tesla to sell, service cars in Michigan

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Environmental groups call on Michigan lawmakers to revise annual fees on hybrid and electric vehicles that advocates say are unfair. (Energy News Network)

• For the first time, Tesla would be allowed to sell and service its vehicles in Michigan under an agreement that settles a 2016 lawsuit against the state. (Associated Press)
• The push for more electric vehicles in Wisconsin will continue as utilities seek rebates that would help with the build-out of charging stations. (WUWM)

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• New subsidies for Ohio nuclear and coal plants would add to ratepayer costs under a recent federal ruling impacting grid operator PJM. (Energy News Network)
• PJM is among the parties requesting a rehearing on the FERC’s “minimum offer price rule” decision, which critics say would freeze renewable energy development in the region. (E&E News, subscription)
• FERC’s ruling could increase the average ComEd customer’s bill by about $5 a month, giving new urgency to advocates’ push for a 100% renewable energy bill in Illinois. (Chicago Tribune)

COAL: Indiana electric cooperative Hoosier Energy announces plans to retire a 1,070 MW coal plant in 2023 as it transitions to renewables, storage and natural gas. (Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

• A lawsuit by environmental groups against Wisconsin regulators claims We Energies’ solar program violates federal law by placing a higher value on utility-generated electricity than customer-owned power. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• State regulators hold a public hearing over a proposed 80 MW solar project in southwestern Minnesota that was downsized from an earlier plan. (Worthington Globe)
• South Dakota regulators are asked to again delay a decision on a planned 140 MW commercial solar project that would significantly boost the state’s solar portfolio. (KELO, PV Magazine)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators want the owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline to provide expert analysis to back up the company’s claim that doubling the pipeline’s capacity won’t increase the likelihood of a spill. (Associated Press)

WIND: A 200 MW wind project proposed in northern Ohio is on hold indefinitely as the developer reassesses after permitting delays. (Toledo Blade)

HYDRO: University of Missouri researchers receive a nearly $1 million federal grant to study the potential for new pumped storage hydropower. (Rolla Daily News)

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