Midwest Energy News

Michigan startup to produce 100,000 electric vans for Amazon

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Amazon orders 100,000 electric vans from Michigan electric vehicle startup Rivian, likely the largest order of fully electric vehicles in automotive history. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• A Chicago alderman proposes an ordinance requiring new parking garages and multi-unit residential buildings to be wired to support EV charging stations. (Chicago Sun-Times)
• A partnership that includes DTE Energy installs four fast-charging electric vehicle stations in downtown Detroit, with two more planned. (Detroit News)
• An Illinois researcher says in order for electric vehicle sales to grow, “we need to have many more charging stations.” (CBS Chicago)

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OHIO: The use of riders, subsidies and other policies has shifted Ohio away from the state’s original goal 20 years ago of deregulating its electricity markets and has caused customer bills to steadily increase. (Energy News Network/Eye on Ohio)

EFFICIENCY: Minnesota home builders say customer interest in energy efficiency is on the rise. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: Combining wind and solar is the future of power generation in rural areas, according to a Minnesota developer. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SOLAR: A nonprofit seeks donations for a solar garden project in Duluth, Minnesota, that will help power transitional housing for veterans and homes of low-income customers. (Duluth News Tribune)

POLITICS: Campaign finance reform advocates say Ohio legislators need to update state laws that allow corporations to secretly fund campaigns involved in a referendum over nuclear subsidies. (Toledo Blade)

EMISSIONS: A Nebraska community college has reduced its carbon emissions 40% since 2013 as part of its goal to be carbon neutral by 2024. (KSNB)

CLIMATE: Youth climate strikes are planned across the country today, including in Madison, Wisconsin, where organizers plan to demand the local utility transition to 100% renewable energy. (Madison Capital Times)

BIOFUELS:
• Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says President Trump was mislead by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler into signing ethanol waivers for oil refineries. (WHO-TV)
• Meanwhile, Trump’s re-election campaign touts the benefits of fossil fuels for Iowa in a news release. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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OIL & GAS: New technology trends are helping oil producers take advantage of supplies in North Dakota’s Bakken region. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• DTE Energy’s long-term energy plan that doesn’t place enough value on renewable energy is part of a more fundamental issue, advocates say: Technology is changing energy markets “faster than any one company can estimate.” (Energy News Network)
• Two Democratic lawmakers in Michigan say the state’s top officials are right in seeking to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. (MLive)

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