Midwest Energy News

Minnesota plans to adopt California’s stricter vehicle emission standards

SOLAR: A utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula looks to buy power from a large-scale solar project while facing criticism that it’s limiting customer-owned generation, reflecting a statewide trend. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Multiple organizations partner to develop a solar project at a Minnesota high school, which they hope can be a model for districts across the state. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Opponents file a court appeal seeking to block plans for a 120 MW solar project in central Indiana. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• A northern Michigan college installs the city’s first solar project on campus. (Petoskey News-Review)
• More than 125 sites will be on display this weekend as part of the Illinois Solar Tour. (Daily Herald)

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EMISSIONS: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz plans to adopt California’s stricter emission standards for cars, trucks and SUVs, aligning with 15 other states amid a lawsuit with the Trump administration. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL: A proposed agreement to close a troubled Illinois coal plant by 2022 includes $8.6 million for local clean energy projects. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES:
• DTE Energy announces plans for its electric subsidiary to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Crain’s Detroit Business)
• While environmental groups criticize Xcel Energy for proposing to displace a Minnesota coal plant with natural gas, local officials say the plant is part of the city’s economic development plan. (St. Cloud Times)

BIOFUELS: A southeastern Iowa biodiesel plant closes as the industry continues to seek support from the Trump administration. (Radio Iowa)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• An Ohio startup plans to launch the company’s battery-powered pickup truck next year if it can buy an idled General Motors plant. (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
• A major school bus contractor is piloting its first electric bus for a Minnesota school district. (School Transportation News)
• Wisconsin electric vehicle owners push for more charging stations to encourage more drivers to purchase EVs. (WUWM)

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ACTIVISM: At least nine states have enacted laws aimed at protecting pipelines and other critical infrastructure, which activists say is an attempt to curb climate change protests. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Despite American Electric Power’s recent pledges to achieve net zero carbon emissions, the utility is still a member of a coal lobbying group, a watchdog group reports. (Energy and Policy Institute)

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