Midwest Energy News

Missouri court opens new path for funding EV infrastructure

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Missouri appeals court overturns regulators and says utilities should be allowed to include electric vehicle charging stations in their rate bases. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: Ford plans to spend $740 million to redevelop property in Detroit that will be used in part for electric vehicle development. (WXYZ)

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PIPELINES: A federal judge orders an environmental review of the revised Keystone XL pipeline route, potentially delaying the project. (Reuters)

SOLAR: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation that sets a standard tax assessment value for solar farms. (Saukvalley.com)

OIL AND GAS:
• Water use for hydraulic fracturing increased nearly 800 percent between 2011 and 2016, raising concerns about its sustainability. (InsideClimate News)
• BNSF Railway expands its efforts to remove older oil tank cars ahead of a federal deadline. (Reuters)
• Officials with DTE Energy are set to break ground on a $1 billion natural gas plant in eastern Michigan. (MLive)

BIOFUELS:
• Iowa Congressman Steve King says the EPA should allow higher volumes of ethanol blending instead of a $12 billion aid package for farmers. (Radio Iowa)
• Ethanol advocates fear demand is declining as small oil refiners are exempt from federal blending requirements. (Houston Chronicle)

WIND: An eastern Michigan county creates a committee to analyze wind turbine siting in response to public opposition. (MLive)

NUCLEAR:
• FirstEnergy takes steps toward closing the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo, Ohio. (Toledo Blade)
• Advocates raise concerns over a request to transport spent nuclear fuel through Michigan. (MLive)

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GRID: Regional grid operator PJM asks federal regulators to delay its 2019 capacity auction as new rules are considered. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Peabody Energy buys back $300 million in stock in an effort to return to sound financial footing. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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