TRANSPORTATION: Multimodal transportation advocates in Detroit call for mobility investments that go beyond electric vehicles, including transit, e-bikes and other alternatives. (Energy News Network / Planet Detroit)

PIPELINES: Enbridge acknowledges that climate policies may shorten the lifespan of some of its pipelines, including the newly built Line 3 through northern Minnesota. (Star Tribune)

UTILITIES:
• Consumers Energy and DTE Energy propose special economic development electricity rates to help attract advanced automotive manufacturers to Michigan. (MiBiz)
• FirstEnergy CEO Steven Strah discusses plans to help the utility move beyond a $60 million bribery scandal. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• Evergy seeks permission from Missouri regulators to increase charges on customer bills that help fund demand-side management programs. (KTTN)

COAL: Electric ratepayers in multiple states are paying extra to help maintain operations at uneconomic coal plants in Ohio and Indiana. (Cleveland.com)

OIL & GAS:
• A natural gas pipeline serving the St. Louis area is allowed to continue running until federal regulators make a long-term decision about its future. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A new analysis values North Dakota’s state-owned mineral resources at $2.4 billion, nearly $1 billion more than a previous estimate made last year during the pandemic. (Bismarck Tribune)

WIND: Workers are disassembling and removing hundreds of former wind turbine blades that have accumulated at multiple sites in Iowa. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

TRANSMISSION: Xcel Energy and ITC Midwest complete a 50-mile transmission line that will help move wind power in southern Minnesota. (KEYC)

SOLAR:
• A growing number of Minnesota residents join solar group-buying cooperatives that lower installation costs and make for a faster return on investment. (West Central Tribune)
• A small but growing number of businesses in Bismarck, North Dakota, install solar panels to reduce electricity costs while the state overall has been relatively slow to adopt solar. (Bismarck Tribune)
• A southeastern Ohio food bank installs solar panels that officials expect will offset nearly 50% of the facility’s electricity usage. (Logan Daily News)

EMISSIONS:
• The University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus hit its 50% greenhouse gas emission-reduction target a year early last year. (Star Tribune)
• A Wisconsin elementary school is the first K-12 building in the state to achieve net-zero energy status, producing more electricity than it used in its first year of operations. (FOX 47)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The U.S. will need more public fast-charging stations to reach electric vehicle sales goals announced by the Biden Administration. (ABC News)

EFFICIENCY: Two North Dakota farms receive federal grants to install energy-efficient equipment and reduce electricity costs. (Minot Daily News)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota lawmaker says the state should provide more funding for wastewater treatment facilities to install onsite renewable energy systems. (MinnPost)

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.