ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford will reorganize its electric vehicle and internal combustion businesses into separate units within the company in an effort to streamline EV production and maximize profits. (CNBC)

ALSO: General Motors sells its stake in electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors, which recently posted a fourth-quarter loss. (Reuters)

CARBON CAPTURE: North Dakota’s largest oil driller, Continental Resources, will invest $250 million to help fund a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline that would capture emissions from Midwest ethanol plants. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• Ameren Illinois breaks ground on a $10.2 million solar project in a long-polluted area of East St. Louis surrounded by heavy industry. (St. Louis Public Radio)
• Residents get a first look at a developer’s plans for a 400 MW solar project north of Madison, Wisconsin. (WiscNews)
• A Nebraska city considers contracting for solar power as a way to offset potential electricity cost increases. (Sidney Sun-Telegraph)

HYDROELECTRIC: The state of Michigan is suing the owners of a hydroelectric dam that released large amounts of sediment into the Kalamazoo River through a surprise drawdown that the state has called an “environmental disaster.” (MLive)

BIOFUELS: A lawsuit that the state of Nebraska filed a year ago against a polluting ethanol plant is proceeding slowly and could become far more complicated if the company declares bankruptcy, experts say. (Nebraska Public Media)

UTILITIES:
• Kansas City utility Evergy says it has reached a renewable energy generation milestone that has produced a 51% drop in carbon emissions. (KMBC)
• Consumer advocates ask Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to extend a winter utility disconnection moratorium by at least three months to allow time for bill assistance to be processed and avoid shutoffs. (WEHT)

CLIMATE: Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s 2050 carbon neutral target includes a focus on decarbonizing buildings and a zero-emissions city transportation fleet by 2035. (Sioux Falls Simplified)

OIL & GAS: CenterPoint Energy this spring will start replacing natural gas pipelines beneath the Minnesota River and nearby wetlands. (Southwest News Media)

EFFICIENCY: Indiana Michigan Power will replace 9,000 streetlights in South Bend with LEDs to improve visibility, save money and reduce emissions. (WVPE)

COMMENTARY:
• To capture cost and public health benefits, Minnesota needs a comprehensive plan to transition to electric buses, a climate activist writes. (Minnesota Reformer)
• A political organizer says Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost can and should start corporate charter revocation proceedings against FirstEnergy, which would dissolve the company. (Ohio Capital Journal)

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.