PIPELINES: For the first time, federal regulators last week considered climate change impacts when approving a request to replace 87 miles of natural gas pipelines in Nebraska and South Dakota. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear a case this week that centers on whether the Line 3 pipeline is needed and could decide whether construction continues. (Star Tribune)
• Ohio lawmakers plan resolutions urging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to back off from plans to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in its current form in the Straits of Mackinac. (Toledo Blade)
• Less than 10% of the Keystone XL pipeline had been built when President Biden revoked a key permit for the project. (Reuters)

OHIO:
• FirstEnergy tells state regulators that it should not have to return $30 million in guaranteed revenue it collected from customers under the state’s power plant bailout law. (Associated Press)
• Gov. Mike DeWine appoints a former county judge as chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to replace former chair Sam Randazzo. (WOSU)

RENEWABLES:
• Officials in nearly two-thirds of Indiana’s 92 counties oppose a proposed bill that critics say would limit local control over wind and solar energy siting. (Seymour Tribune)
• Indiana utility NIPSCO plans several large solar projects to help offset lost coal capacity being retired in the coming years. (Times of Northwest Indiana)

CARBON CAPTURE: At least three northwestern Iowa ethanol plants have joined an agreement to develop a large carbon capture and storage project. (Sioux City Journal)

CLIMATE: Several Minnesota agencies recommend significant changes to the state’s environmental review process that would require developers to document a project’s carbon emissions. (MPR News)

POWER PLANTS:
• Developers want to build a facility in Minnesota that converts methane to natural gas, which officials say would be the first of its kind in the state. (Star Tribune)
• A western Michigan municipal utility plans to pay down remaining debt on a natural gas plant years ahead of schedule, saving customers millions of dollars. (Second Wave)

UTILITIES: Ameren Missouri offers customers smart meters at little to no cost, seeking to increase participation in energy management programs. (News Tribune)

COMMENTARY:
• An Ohio labor official says the state is poised to miss out on renewable energy projects under proposed legislation that would jeopardize revenue to local governments and schools. (LimaOhio.com)
• Last year’s scandal involving ComEd that led to a deferred prosecution agreement shows the need for Illinois lawmakers to adopt utility ethics reforms, an editorial board says. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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.