ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is testing new technologies and manufacturing processes aimed at reducing the cost of electric vehicle batteries and dependence on price-sensitive metals. (Reuters)

ALSO: Few states and utilities are ensuring that low-income customers and communities of color will benefit under electric vehicle transition plans, according to a clean energy group’s new report. (Utility Dive)

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SOLAR:
• Officials grant local approval for a planned 50 MW solar project in western Minnesota. (Fergus Falls Daily Journal)
• Residential solar customers in most of the U.S. are “grossly undercompensated” for the excess power they send back to the grid, according to a new study from Michigan researchers. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: Iowa State University officials propose spending $16 million to replace two coal boilers with natural gas systems. (Ames Tribune)

POLICY: President Biden names a Native American law expert from Minnesota who has said tribes should be more involved in permitting decisions to be the solicitor at the Interior Department. (Minnesota Reformer)

CLIMATE: Ann Arbor, Michigan, officials urge the University of Michigan to adopt a carbon neutrality plan that would align with the city’s similar target. (MLive)

PIPELINES:
• Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota seeks tribal consultation and pushes the Biden administration to keep the Dakota Access pipeline open during an environmental review. (Williston Herald)
• Michigan’s governor and attorney general argue that a case involving a shutdown notice for Line 5 should be in state, not federal, court. (Michigan Advance)

BIOFUELS:
• Managers at nine Indiana ethanol plants urge Gov. Eric Holcomb to veto legislation that would mandate warning labels on fuel pumps dispensing a blend of up to 15% ethanol. (Kokomo Tribune)
• Industry supporters say biofuels will be crucial as federal officials and automakers plan to transition to electric vehicles. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: An Ohio congresswoman announces $1 million in federal funding for Toledo to help fund health, safety, and energy efficiency upgrades in homes. (WTVG)

OIL & GAS:
• Enbridge’s CEO expects the company’s future investments in projects to be more heavily weighted to natural gas and renewables than oil. (S&P Global)
• Black Hills Energy customers in Nebraska face steep rate increases to pay for $80 million in natural gas purchases the utility made in February when supplies were constrained. (Lincoln Journal Star)

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WIND: Sen. Joni Ernst tours a wind energy training facility at an Iowa community college. (KIOW)

NUCLEAR: Authorities are investigating a “law enforcement situation” after two people mistakenly drove on an Ohio nuclear plant property. (WKYC)

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.