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 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.