Midwest Energy News

VP Pence to attend unveiling of electric pickup truck in Ohio

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vice President Mike Pence will be in Ohio tomorrow for the unveiling of a startup company’s new electric pickup truck built at GM’s former Lordstown plant. (Associated Press)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ climate change task force kicked off a series of listening sessions this week on the state’s climate challenges and ways cities are addressing them with carbon reduction goals. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

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NATURAL GAS: DTE Energy’s natural gas subsidiary announces a net zero emissions goal by 2050, relying on emissions reductions through suppliers, customers and upgrading infrastructure. (Bridge Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• The chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which has called for the shutdown of Line 5 for years, says Michigan needs a “more progressive approach” to protect against a pipeline spill. (Michigan Radio)
• A Michigan business group composed of retailers, outdoor recreation companies, major breweries and others in the hospitality industry call for the immediate shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline. (MiBiz)

SOLAR: Construction is complete on a 2.7 MW community solar project in central Illinois, which will be the largest community solar project in the state and the first in Ameren’s service territory. (News release)

EMISSIONS: Michigan is part of a coalition of states defending the U.S. EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants, an about-face after the state’s previous attorney general challenged the rules in court. (E&E News, subscription) 

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota officials approve a $3.4 million project to see whether the geology around the Coal Creek power plant can be used to store carbon dioxide. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)

COAL: Missouri-based coal giants Peabody Energy and Arch Resources last month asked for royalty rate reductions on tens of thousands of acres of surface mines, citing the pandemic. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: FirstEnergy will use low-flying helicopters to survey power lines and trim trees in northeastern Ohio. (WKBN)

OIL & GAS: A trucking company could face up to $2 million in fines from North Dakota after it was found dumping oilfield waste on private property. (Williston Herald)

UTILITIES: A city near Indianapolis allows customers to enroll in a payment program as the state’s moratorium on disconnections expires at the end of the month. (Greenfield Daily Reporter)

COMMENTARY: The head of a Midwest environmental group says it’s risky for financiers to support expensive new fossil fuel projects amid low oil prices, such as a Great Lakes tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

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