OHIO: Gov. Mike DeWine signs a bill repealing $1 billion in subsidies for two FirstEnergy nuclear plants as well as revenue guarantees from decoupling that will refund $26 million to customers. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO: Critics say FirstEnergy’s recent public statements against anti-Asian violence comes two years after the company helped fund a xenophobic campaign in Ohio supporting the state’s power plant bailout law. (Ohio Capital Journal)

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PIPELINES:
• A Michigan tribe seeks a federal designation of cultural significance to an area of the Straits of Mackinac that, if successful, could complicate Enbridge’s efforts to build a tunnel for Line 5 there. (Energy News Network)
• Protesters lock themselves to a Wells Fargo bank building in downtown Duluth in opposition to the company’s financing of the Line 3 pipeline. (KBJR)
• Enbridge waited more than a year to disclose a petroleum substance leak from its Line 13 pipeline, and Wisconsin officials are determining whether to take enforcement action against the company. (Duluth News Tribune)
• The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation seeks a consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to encourage it to continue Dakota Access pipeline operations. (Williston Herald)
• Nearly five years later, the Dakota Access pipeline protests at Standing Rock still resonate with many activists. (MPR News)

INFRASTRUCTURE:
• President Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan includes at least $650 billion over 10 years for clean energy investments. (Inside Climate News)
• The plan also includes tens of billions of dollars for environmental and economic relief for fossil fuel-dependent Ohio Valley communities. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear power advocates raise concerns about the potential local impacts of Exelon’s plan to close two Illinois nuclear plants later this year. (WTVO)

COAL: Experts say Germany can provide a lesson in how to invest in coal-reliant communities as plants and mines are shut down. (Vox)

GRID: A Michigan task force submits recommendations to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on improving electric reliability in the Upper Peninsula, including investments in grid modernization and clean energy. (WNMU)

OIL & GAS:
• A $25 billion plan to combine two major rail lines creates the first single-path crude-by-rail gateway from Alberta province to Houston refineries. (S&P Global)
• We Energies says a proposed liquid natural gas storage facility in southeastern Wisconsin could have saved nearby customers $1.1 million in heating costs this year. (Watertown Daily Times)

SOLAR:
• Some residents raise concerns about an Indiana solar project occupying farmland and its potential effects on property values. (WEHT)
• Local officials consider tax incentives for a 280 MW, $215 million solar project in southwestern Indiana. (Princeton Daily Clarion)

BIOFUELS: Iowa’s attorney general files an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court saying fuel standard waivers for oil refiners jeopardize the state’s ethanol industry. (Des Moines Register)

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UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri requests a rate increase from state regulators to help pay for clean energy projects and gas and electric infrastructure. (Missouri Times)

WIND: A northern Kansas county receives funding requests from local organizations for spending down $300,000 in payments from a local wind project. (Concordia Blade-Empire)

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.