ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A $12 million electric vehicle-sharing pilot project launches in the Twin Cities, making 100 vehicles available to customers in the area. (Star Tribune)

ALSO:
• The technology behind a pilot road project in Detroit that seeks to charge electric vehicles while stationary or moving could have significant benefits for drivers and fleet managers. (Canary Media)
• Wisconsin clean energy advocates raise concerns over legislation that would require public electric vehicle charging stations to be powered by a local utility. (Solar Power World)
• Experts see a “robust market” for electrified buses as more cities add them to their fleets. (Smart Cities Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Grid operators Southwest Power Pool and MISO identify seven possible transmission projects along their border that could unlock 81,000 MW of generating capacity to connect to the grid. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: Exelon completes the spinoff of its nuclear power plant division to a separate company. (WGLT)

COAL: The U.S. EPA orders Alliant Energy to close down a coal ash storage site in Iowa that officials say is contaminating groundwater. (KCRG)

HYDROGEN: A California company plans to move its headquarters to Columbus, Ohio and employ 700 people to produce hydrogen fuel cells. (Columbus Dispatch)

CLEAN ENERGY: Illinois and Minnesota were among several states last year to adopt new clean energy policies that favor electrification and bolster energy efficiency programs. (Grist)

RENEWABLES: Indiana Michigan Power proposes adding 2,000 MW of wind and solar capacity by 2028. (Renewable Energy World)

BIOFUELS: Iowa House lawmakers pass a bill requiring gas stations to offer gasoline with higher blends of ethanol at the pump. (Des Moines Register)

COMMENTARY:
• The head of an Ohio consumer advocacy group says time-variant electric vehicle rates would incentivize charging during off-peak hours. (Columbus Dispatch)
• An Iowa real estate consultant says landowners should rise up in opposition to proposed carbon capture pipelines that are counter to the state’s “value and our heritage.” (Des Moines Register)

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Andy Balaskovitz

Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.