Midwest Energy News

Midwest states join lawsuit defending California emission standards

POLITICS:
It remains unclear who is funding the campaign attempting to undercut a referendum on subsidies for Ohio nuclear plants. (Energy News Network)
• An Ohio political science professor says the scale of the ad campaign is unprecedented. (WOSU)

POLLUTION: Chicago officials are failing to monitor air quality and hold polluters accountable for their emissions, according to a recent audit by the city’s inspector general. (Energy News Network)

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EMISSIONS: Attorneys general in four Midwest states join a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from revoking California’s authority to set vehicle emission standards. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• While General Motors’ planned shift to manufacturing electric vehicles may reduce its workforce at plants across the Midwest, some workers are hopeful that producing an electric truck will benefit a Detroit plant. (Bloomberg, Associated Press, Detroit Free Press)
Advocates say a lack of electric vehicle charging stations in North Dakota is causing the state to miss out on tourism revenue. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES: Federal regulators propose giving states more flexibility over contracts for third-party renewable energy development, which critics say would hurt solar developers’ ability to compete in the market. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Consumers Energy’s CEO says nuclear power is not part of the company’s future energy mix due to cost and environmental concerns. (WDET)

PIPELINES: A state inspection report backs up Illinois farmers’ claims that construction of a natural gas pipeline is damaging their property. (E&E News, subscription)

FINANCE: A northern Michigan city considers adopting an on-bill financing program to help residents pay for clean energy projects. (Traverse City Ticker)

BIOFUELS:
• Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds describes tense meetings at the White House this month while pushing President Trump to expand biofuel mandates. (Radio Iowa)
• President Trump supports limiting prices for biofuel credits to help oil refineries. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Shares in Peabody Energy drop after the company cancels plans to refinance its debt. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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CLIMATE: Three activists are arrested after refusing to leave a bank in downtown Chicago during climate change protests. (Chicago Sun-Times)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan can help lead the clean transportation transition by adopting laws supporting an electric vehicle charging network, advocates say. (Detroit News)
• Not raising federal ethanol blending mandates would benefit farmers and Ohio oil refineries, an editorial board says. (Toledo Blade)
• An Indiana columnist raises questions about whether a large-scale wind project could disrupt local weather radar. (Evansville Courier & Press)

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