ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford unveils its electric F-150 pickup truck, which has the potential to convert a new class of drivers to electric vehicles based on its features and price. (Grist)

ALSO: A Foxconn plant in Wisconsin is still under consideration to produce a new line of electric vehicles as part of a joint venture. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

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BIOFUELS: Marathon converts a North Dakota oil refinery into a renewable diesel plant that will soon be powered by wind energy. (Bismarck Tribune)

• The state’s top House Republican won’t say whether state Rep. Larry Householder will be expelled over his alleged role in the state’s power plant bailout law controversy. (Cleveland.com)
• FirstEnergy attorneys argue in court filings that the millions of dollars used to pass the scandal-tainted law were political “issue-advocacy” contributions that were channeled legally through a nonprofit. (Cleveland.com)

• Duluth, Minnesota, officials will consider plans next week to lease nearly 10 acres of land for a 1.6 MW solar project. (Duluth News Tribune)
• More than a dozen organizations form a coalition in Michigan to support proposed legislation that would expand community solar. (PV Magazine)
• A 50 MW solar project is now operational in southwestern Indiana. (WEHT)

COAL: Illinois environmental advocates say the need to regulate coal ash storage sites has come to the forefront as the state transitions from coal-fired power plants. (Southern Illinoisan)

STORAGE: Federal regulators reject grid operator MISO’s request to extend a compliance deadline in an order to better integrate battery storage into the marketplace. (Utility Dive)

• Ohio Democrats seek to reduce minimum setback requirements for wind projects that they say have stalled development for years. (Farm and Dairy)
• Clean energy advocates oppose changes to an Ohio bill that instead of giving more local control would let local governments set aside land for wind and solar. (Farm and Dairy)

• Minnesota lawmakers reach agreement on an energy efficiency program expansion but remain divided over longer term clean energy targets. (MinnPost)
• An Ohio city joins a statewide coalition that will perform an energy audit and provide savings through efficiency investments. (WCHS)

• North Dakota regulators approve plans to convert 27 miles of an oil gathering pipeline into a transmission pipeline that will move more Bakken crude oil to Wyoming. (Bismarck Tribune)
• U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan says the cyberattack on the Colonial pipeline exposed infrastructure security vulnerabilities. (WDET)

UTILITIES: St. Louis natural gas utility Spire seeks to have customers pay the legal expenses from a recent multi-million dollar discrimination lawsuit that it lost. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

GRID: A FirstEnergy subsidiary completes the rebuilding of a 12.8-mile transmission line in Ohio that’s expected to improve local reliability. (T&D World)

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.