ELECTRIC VEHICLES: President Biden says China “will not win this race” during a visit to Michigan to tout the administration’s electric vehicle investment plan — and get a glimpse of Ford’s new electric pickup truck. (MLive)

ALSO:
• The University of Wisconsin will partner with a California electric vehicle startup on an electric propulsion research center. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Utilities and state officials strategize on electric vehicles deployment as companies prepare to manufacture vehicles in central Illinois. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
• A Wisconsin transit agency will unveil two electric buses this fall along with charging stations. (WKBT)

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EFFICIENCY: Minnesota lawmakers agree to expand the state’s energy conservation program that will increase utility spending on energy efficiency, particularly for low-income households. (Star Tribune)

PIPELINES: Some Ohio lawmakers make a plea to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to back off plans to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, but she has given no indications of doing so. (Toledo Blade)

SOLAR:
• Local officials in central Minnesota consider plans for a solar project that would incorporate crops to keep the surrounding area as productive farmland. (Hutchinson Leader)
• County officials in eastern Nebraska approve an 81 MW solar project two weeks after local planners rejected the plan. (KETV)
• Local officials will unveil a solar project that’s expected to save a central Indiana water utility about $1.8 million over the life of the project. (The Times)
• An Indiana school district considers adding a second solar installation to offset about 60% of the district’s electricity costs. (Daily Journal)
• Officials in Evanston, Illinois, launch a new community solar program for residents who are unable to install panels on their property. (Daily Northwestern)
• An Ohio cooperative solar group-buying program seeks to recruit more participants in Columbus. (WOSU)

COAL: An updated report from a Michigan environmental group shows ongoing groundwater contamination from coal ash storage sites. (Michigan Radio)

INFRASTRUCTURE: Officials say cybersecurity remains a top issue at South Dakota hydroelectric and wind energy projects, which make up a majority of the state’s power generation. (KELO)

ADVOCACY: The Minnesota Attorney General argues in a rate case that utility customers should not pay membership dues to a North Dakota advocacy group that promotes the state’s lignite coal industry. (Energy and Policy Institute)

WIND: Five years after Dakota Access pipeline protests, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe pursues wind development to promote self sufficiency. (KXNET)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say 25 states have now taken a closer look at the practice of running coal plants when cheaper alternatives are available with some “very tangible successes” to date. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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.