Midwest Energy News

South Dakota considers annual fees for electric vehicle drivers

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• South Dakota lawmakers will consider a bill that charges electric-vehicle owners a $100 annual fee to support roads. (Rapid City Journal)
• Greater adoption of electric vehicles could strain the power grid without proper planning ahead of time, experts say. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: A second bill surfaces in Iowa that would scale back the state’s efficiency programs. Consumer advocates say the effort “looks like the utilities’ Christmas list was all rolled into one bill.” (Midwest Energy News, Des Moines Register)

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COAL ASH: An Illinois environmental group threatens to sue Dynegy over coal ash contamination allegedly flowing from a storage site into a nearby river. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS: Natural gas suppliers will refund more than $12 million to dozens of customers stemming from a gas price-fixing scheme nearly 20 years ago. (La Cross Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Residents want officials in an Illinois county to take their time as they craft regulations on utility-scale solar projects. (DeKalb Daily Chronicle)
• The CEO of an Indiana-based solar company says putting tariffs on imported panels is a “crazy thing to do in an industry that is one of the biggest job creators we’ve got at the moment.” (Inside Indiana Business)

PIPELINES: Conservation groups criticize Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for rejecting recommendations on Line 5 from a pipeline safety advisory board. (Port Huron Times Herald)

COAL: Tensions are rising over a proposed coal mining expansion in southwest Indiana as nearby residents seek additional safety measures. (Evansville Courier & Press)

RENEWABLES: Large corporations in Missouri are again asking state lawmakers to make it easier to purchase renewable energy directly from wind farms and other third parties. (E&E News, subscription)

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BIOFUELS: The governors of Iowa and Minnesota are appointed to lead a multi-state alliance that promotes biofuel policy. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s coordinated effort to revive the U.S. coal industry is “deeply and irrevocably futile,” says a writer at Vox.
• The Natural Resources Defense Council says a new transmission project through Missouri will help lower electric bills and bolster wind energy growth.
• A conservative group in Michigan says DTE Energy’s plan for a $1 billion natural gas plant to replace retiring coal plants is not in the best interest of ratepayers and that clean energy should be considered instead. (Detroit News)
• A U.S. Navy veteran says President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar cells and modules is “too little, too late” to boost U.S. solar manufacturing. (The Hill)

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