SOLAR: Alliant Energy releases plans to build another 414 megawatts of solar generation, putting it on track to become Wisconsin’s largest owner of solar energy projects.  (Wisconsin Public Radio)

ALSO:
• Alliant Energy has completed construction of a 4-megawatt project near Beloit, one of several major solar projects in progress for the utility. (Beloit Daily News)
• Local officials consider plans for a 165 MW solar project in western Ohio. (Daily Advocate)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Detroit automakers and union leaders send a letter to President Biden urging him to include a major federal investment in electric vehicles as part of his infrastructure plan. (Detroit Free Press)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge says that it is not reimbursing local law enforcement agencies for overseeing pipeline protests in Michigan. (Michigan Advance)
• The Line 3 pipeline hasn’t proven to be the economic boon that some northern Minnesota business owners had hoped. (Duluth News Tribune)
• U.S. House Republicans plan a forum on President Biden’s decision to revoke a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell of Detroit co-sponsors a 10-year, $10 trillion clean energy plan focused on environmental justice. (Michigan Advance)

EFFICIENCY: A startup company aims to bring net zero affordable housing to Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Green Bay Press Gazette)

UTILITIES: Cleveland Public Power lacks transparency on data involving the frequency and duration of power outages. (News 5 Cleveland)

WIND:
• Southern Power acquires a 300 MW wind project in South Dakota. (North American Windpower)
• Two Wisconsin utilities seek regulatory approval to purchase power from a 92 MW wind project. (WMTV)

COMMENTARY:
• Michigan’s largest utilities launch a social media advertising campaign against more favorable policies for rooftop solar customers, a watchdog group finds. (Energy and Policy Institute)
• Clean energy advocates highlight a Minneapolis program that provides residential building owners with rebates for solar and energy efficiency projects. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• Minnesota is right to enact transportation emission controls to protect public health, an editorial says. (Minnesota Reformer)
• Line 3 pipeline protests are being led by a majority of Indigenous women who are calling on the Biden administration to halt construction on the expansion project. (Heated)

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy Balaskovitz

Andy has been a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News since 2014, following four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. He covers the state of Michigan and also compiles the Midwest Energy News daily email digest. Andy is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, where he focused on topics covered by the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and wrote for the Great Lakes Echo. He was the 2008 and 2009 recipient of the Edward Meeman Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Environmental Journalism at Michigan State.