Midwest Energy News

Regulators approve $10 million EV charging program for Ohio utility

POLITICS: A Michigan conservative group looks to make inroads with the fossil fuel-backed American Legislative Exchange Council on clean energy policy positions. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ohio regulators approve a $10 million rebate and incentive program for AEP to develop nearly 400 electric charging stations in its service territory. (Columbus Dispatch)

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• Michigan regulators are expected to rule this week on a $1 billion, 1,100 MW natural gas plant for DTE Energy, but it’s not the only Michigan utility betting on natural gas. (Midwest Energy News)
• A group of business, political and labor officials reorganizes to defeat an anti-fracking ballot initiative in Youngstown, Ohio. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Federal regulators meet with industry, state and tribal officials to discuss reducing natural gas flaring on the Fort Berthold Reservation. (Bismarck Tribune)

• A surprisingly low number of wind turbine technicians are available in Iowa, developers and program trainers say. (Des Moines Register)
• County officials approve plans for a 70 MW wind project in northeastern Iowa. (Waterloo Courier)

PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton doesn’t see “any viable way” the Line 3 pipeline expansion could remain on its current route, as a judge recommended this week. (Minnesota Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy Solutions certifies plans with federal regulators to shut down its three nuclear plants as early as May 2020. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

SOLAR: Officials seek to gauge interest in a solar group-buying program in Johnson County, Iowa. (Little Village Magazine)

COAL: Northeast Ohio residents raise concerns over renewing a permit for a coal plant that discharges wastewater into Lake Erie. (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram)

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TRANSMISSION: Crews are developing a plan to cap underwater transmission cables in the Straits of Mackinac that were severed this month by a passing ship. (MLive)

COMMENTARY: While AEP’s $10 million electric vehicle program may be the first major one approved in the Midwest, other states are not standing idle, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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