PIPELINES: A northern Minnesota shelter has received increased calls for service and reports of sexual assault and harassment involving workers on the Line 3 pipeline. (Minnesota Reformer)

ALSO:
• Tribal members in Michigan worry about similar violence toward women should construction move forward on the Line 5 pipeline tunnel. (Michigan Advance)
• Oil and gas pipelines are driving a wedge between labor and environmental groups as President Biden takes action on climate change. (Washington Post)
• Tribal members endure cold weather and the pandemic in northern Minnesota in an attempt to block Line 3 construction. (Sierra Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Minnesota lawmaker proposes taxing electricity as a fuel at EV charging stations as a way to generate revenue for road projects. (St. Cloud Times)
• Automakers are launching EV models that are cheaper and offer solid range as part of a plan to boost adoption. (ABC News)

OHIO:
• Ohio’s secretary of state adds five more allegations of campaign finance violations against former House Speaker Larry Householder, who’s under investigation for his alleged role in a $60 million bribery scheme. (WKSU)
• FirstEnergy and FirstEnergy Solutions donated more than $1 million to nonprofits and political campaigns since 2017 to help elect Gov. Mike DeWine. (Dayton Daily News)

WIND:
• An Iowa State researcher finds that ice buildup may cause Iowa wind turbines to lose 5-10% of their production capacity, not nearly as severe in other states or countries. (Ames Tribune)
• Taxation disputes between major utilities and Michigan officials could significantly reduce local tax revenue from wind projects. (Morning Sun)

SOLAR: Developers make progress with southern Illinois landowners and local governments over plans for a 110 MW solar project. (Journal Courier)

POLICY: U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm discusses her early priorities as she helps oversee the Biden administration’s plan to eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector by 2035. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Equipment failures caused two separate crude oil spills totaling 750 barrels in North Dakota last week. (Williston Herald)
• A small Kansas town accuses BP Energy of inflating natural gas prices during last month’s extreme cold. (Kansas Reflector)

GRID: Experts draw key distinctions between Indiana’s power grid and Texas’, though they caution utilities to prepare for extreme weather. (WBOI)

COMMENTARY:
• The benefits of a planned 100 MW solar project in central Ohio outweigh “any negatives associated with the project,” an editorial board says. (Marion Star)
• Preserving Ohio’s nuclear plants should be part of the state’s clean energy plan that also relies on renewables, electric vehicles and energy efficiency, a former columnist writes. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• Using eminent domain in some cases to build the Grain Belt Express transmission project is necessary for the greater good, an editorial board says. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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.