Michigan commercial electric vehicle maker to file for bankruptcy

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UTILITIES: Utilities executives, including at Xcel Energy and CMS Energy, say their long-term commitment net zero emissions targets are achievable with the help of emerging technologies and political support. (S&P Global)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Michigan-based electric utility vehicle manufacturer Last mile electrical solutions plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidate its assets. (Reuters)
• Several US startups aim to make battery recycling more efficient, clean and profitable to facilitate the transition to the electric vehicle. (Canary Media)

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WIND: Big tech companies and buyers of renewable energy push back nearly $4 billion MidAmerican Energy wind project planned in Iowa, saying it’s not in the best interests of customers. (Bloomberg)

PIPES:
• Iowa Regulators discuss plans today for a carbon capture pipeline project that would cover most of the state. (Gate City Daily)
• The potential use of eminent domain to build carbon capture pipelines has created a “unlikely partnership” of opposing tribes, environmental groups, farmers and ranchers. (Grist)
• North Dakota regulators approve plans for a 81 mile crude oil pipeline to help move supplies further west and across the country. (Prairie Public Broadcasting)

CLIMATE: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz joins 21 other governors by urging Congress to take immediate action on climate and clean energy. (Star Tribune)

COAL: A large DTE Energy coal plant in southeast Michigan constitutes a major obstacle for the utility to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. (Detroit Free Press)

SOLAR:
• Kansas City Officials carry out a feasibility study for a large-scale solar project at the city’s airport and will then solicit proposals from developers to build the project. (Missouri Independent)
• A developer publishes more details about his second major solar project planned in central Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
• City planners reject plans for $100 million, 100 MW solar project in eastern Michigan. (Departmental press)
• A nearly 1 MW solar installation at a Michigan water filtration plant will help Grand Rapids move closer to its goal of powering municipal buildings with 100% renewable energy. (MLive)

OIL GAS: A new $90 million natural gas-fired state-of-the-art plant comes online in South Dakota. (KELO)

BIOFUELS:
• Kansas ethanol producers receive over $36 million in federal pandemic relief funding that aims to help boost the biofuels industry. (WIBW)
• Ohio Governor Mike DeWine asks the US EPA to permanently remove restrictions on the year-round sale of 15% ethanol fuel. (WHIO)

COMMENT: Investing in energy efficiency would help save money on bills to Evergy customers facing rising electricity bills, writes a clean energy advocate. (Kansas Reflector)

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