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General Motors announces plans for an ‘all-electric future’

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Detroit-based General Motors announces plans for an “all-electric future,” which calls for 20 all-electric vehicle models due out by 2023. (MLive)

SOLAR:
• A solar project on several buildings along a major rail corridor in Minneapolis-St. Paul is being studied to determine how distributed energy could impact future transit investments. (Midwest Energy News)
• Ohio’s biggest electric cooperative plans to have a community solar project available to customers next year. (Columbus Dispatch)
• Consumers Energy plans to buy a 24 megawatt solar project near Lansing, Michigan that will provide energy to the local municipal utility. (Renewables Now)
• Officials in a western Minnesota town approve plans for a 1 megawatt community solar project. (Pope County Tribune)

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OIL AND GAS:
• A tax case involving Enbridge begins today over the valuation of the company’s pipelines in northern Minnesota, leaving some communities nervous about potentially repaying millions of dollars in revenue collected. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A 120-acre parcel adjacent to a national park in North Dakota is one step closer to being included in a federal oil and gas lease sale next year. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Activists walk the path of an Enbridge pipeline in northwest Indiana to “raise awareness about the potential threat of an oil spill in dangerously close proximity to schools, homes and waterways.” (The Times of Northwest Indiana)

WIND: Clean energy groups urge Wisconsin regulators to approve a 66 megawatt wind project in Iowa proposed by Madison Gas & Electric. (North American Wind Power)

REGULATION:
• The outcome of the Energy Department’s proposal to support baseload coal and nuclear plants will come down to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission members and “how much they are willing to assert their independence from the Trump administration’s pro-coal agenda.” (RTO Insider)
• If approved by FERC, some experts say the proposed rules — in addition to potential tariffs on imported solar panels — could lead to an unraveling of wholesale power markets and hobble renewables. (Utility Dive, Bloomberg)

HYDRO: A Minneapolis-based company begins commercializing a hydrokinetic turbine capable of generating electricity in rivers and streams across the world. (Finance & Commerce)

GRID: Some Indiana residents speak out against a proposed $263 million rate increase that would pay for a utility’s grid infrastructure upgrades. (South Bend Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials highlight clean energy jobs potential in west Michigan. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)

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CLIMATE: A new poll shows Americans want local officials to take action on climate change in light of President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• A new ranking of energy efficiency shows “blue and red states alike are embracing smarter energy use as a key strategy for reducing harmful pollution, saving consumers money, creating jobs, and driving economic growth.” (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Officials with a construction training institute in Michigan say the Rover gas pipeline is needed to improve the state’s energy infrastructure and for jobs. (Livingston Daily)

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