TRANSPORTATION: The loss of gasoline and diesel tax revenue as drivers transition to electric vehicles could pose big challenges for state and local budgets in Ohio and elsewhere, according to a recent report. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The Indiana Senate passes a bill allowing businesses to sell electric vehicle charging without being subject to state utility regulations, though the power would have to come from a local utility. (Indiana Public Media)
• Kansas City area officials want to use federal infrastructure funding to build a transportation corridor that relies on electric buses and upgrades pedestrian and bicycle options. (FOX 4)

UTILITIES: Skyrocketing natural gas prices and brutally cold temperatures have created hardship for a growing number of Minnesota residents struggling to pay their utility bills. (Minnesota Reformer)

SOLAR:
• Southwestern Indiana county officials begin discussing a proposed 200 MW solar project. (WEVV)
• Municipal utility officials in northern Michigan agree to an amended contract with a developer that will grow a project’s solar capacity by 2 MW while retiring an aging wind turbine. (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

PIPELINES: Michigan environmental groups present the potential climate impacts of Line 5’s ongoing operation to state regulators. (9 and 10 News)

WIND: A developer proposes an 80 MW wind project in northern Illinois. (News Tribune)

GRID: Indiana Michigan Power plans to invest $56 million to build two high-voltage transmission lines and improve reliability in southwestern Michigan. (WKZO)

ACTIVISM: 350.org, a prominent environmental group led by author Bill McKibben that helped stop the Keystone XL pipeline, faces internal dissension and overspending as it continues to scale up. (Politico)

PUMPED STORAGE: Indiana House lawmakers pass a bill that defines underground pumped storage hydropower as a clean energy source, which supporters say could be deployed at abandoned mines and quarries. (WFYI)

CLEAN TECH: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says he was “really impressed” with an electric vehicle and energy storage manufacturing training academy in Bloomington, Illinois. (WMBD)

OIL & GAS:
• Iowa natural gas customers are still facing bill charges stemming from the spike in demand during the February 2021 polar vortex. (Telegraph Herald)
• Rising oil prices could lead to more exploration and drilling in Kansas, operators say. (KSNW)

COMMENTARY: A nuclear engineer says Ohio’s manufacturing sector and skilled workforce position the state well to develop advanced nuclear technology. (Columbus Dispatch)

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.