Midwest Energy News

Michigan utility proposes $13 million electric vehicle pilot program

COAL: A national nonprofit will help downstate Illinois communities prepare for the inevitable closing of more coal plants and mines. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• DTE Energy proposes a three-year, $13 million electric vehicle pilot program to develop charging infrastructure. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• A coalition of clean energy groups in the Midwest looks to coordinate EV infrastructure and deployment. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors will boost production of its Chevrolet Bolt by 20 percent in response to higher-than-expected demand. (CNET)

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EMISSIONS:
• A federal judge rules former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt violated the Clean Air Act by allowing Illinois and two other states to omit ethical standards in the states’ plans to reduce air emissions. (Chicago Tribune)
• St. Paul, Minnesota, wants city buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 and all buildings by 2050. (Pioneer Press)

SOLAR:
• Independent producers are uncertain about their role in Michigan as Consumers Energy looks to develop more than 6,000 MW of solar by 2040. (MiBiz)
• A couple in Kent, Ohio, uses solar panels and energy efficiency to live off the grid. (Kent Record-Courier)

OVERSIGHT: Ohio native Andrew Wheeler, who now heads the U.S. EPA, insists he is more than a former coal lobbyist. (Columbus Dispatch)

BIOFUELS: Industry groups hope to “hit the reset button” with the Trump administration following Scott Pruitt’s resignation as head of the EPA. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: We Energies hosts public forums on a proposed natural gas pipeline that would end near a new Foxconn manufacturing plant. (Racine Journal Times)

WIND:
• State regulators are set to rule on plans for a 72-turbine wind project in northeastern South Dakota. (Pierre Capital Journal)
• A Chinese wind turbine company convicted of stealing trade secrets from the Wisconsin office of a U.S. technology company is ordered to pay a $1.5 million fine and restitution nearing $60 million. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• An Upper Peninsula electric cooperative boosts its wind portfolio by purchasing electricity from an Illinois project. (UPMatters.com)

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RENEWABLES: The Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska touts the economic benefits of renewable energy for rural communities. (N’West Iowa REVIEW)

COMMENTARY: Author and activist Winona LaDuke says the fight over Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement is far from over. (INFORUM)

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