Midwest Energy News

Michigan groups seek common ground on electric vehicles 

COAL: Murray Energy’s bankruptcy case revives concerns about an Ohio fund meant to pay for the closure and reclamation of coal mines. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing “appears increasingly likely” for Missouri-based Foresight Energy, analysts say. (Platts)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A municipal power agency serving southern Minnesota plans to install dozens of fast-charging and Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. (Energy News Network)
• Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell hosts a roundtable discussion in Detroit with environmental, labor and automotive groups to break down barriers to EV deployment. (Michigan Advance)

UTILITIES:
• The CEO of American Electric Power say fossil fuels, including coal, will remain part of portfolios well into the next decade “as more of an insurance policy.” (Platts)
• FirstEnergy Solutions plans to change its name to Energy Harbor once its bankruptcy restructuring is finalized. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR:
• Local officials and residents in Ann Arbor, Michigan, praise a new state law exempting small-scale solar projects from property tax increases. (MLive)
• A community solar project in East Lansing, Michigan, is awarded project of the year by a statewide advanced energy business group. (State News)
• County officials in central Indiana extend a moratorium on large-scale solar projects by six months. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)

WIND: 10 wind projects seeking permits or under construction would add 2,435 MW to North Dakota’s energy portfolio. (Williston Herald)

NUCLEAR: Ohio business owners explore the potential to use surplus heat from the Davis-Besse nuclear plant to grow various types of algae that would combat chronic algae blooms in Lake Erie. (Toledo Blade)

OIL & GAS:
• A St. Louis-based natural gas utility plans to appeal a recent ruling that it overcharged customers $12.2 million for infrastructure upgrades. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shales has created a glut of cheap natural gas, which is bolstering exports mostly to Japan. (State Impact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES: A protest at an Enbridge pipeline terminal in Minnesota leads to one arrest. (Forum News Service)

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TRANSMISSION: Federal regulators approve a new rate for recovering costs of grid upgrades in grid operator MISO’s region, which could be a template for transmission projects across the U.S. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says achieving a nationwide net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050 is critical for addressing climate change. (Detroit Free Press)
• A watchdog group reports Peabody Energy is having difficulty finding utilities that want to accept its annual “clean coal” award. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• A DTE Energy executive says the utility remains committed to renewable energy amid criticism over its long-term energy plan. (Detroit News)

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