RENEWABLES: Thirty-four Indiana counties have local ordinances restricting or even prohibiting wind and solar projects, which some state lawmakers hope to resolve by approving consistent statewide siting standards. (Indianapolis Star)

ALSO: More than 100 cities, counties and states across the U.S. have enacted ordinances restricting renewable energy projects, which could impede 100% clean energy targets, according to a Columbia Law School analysis. (E&E News, subscription)

OHIO:
• State House lawmakers are expected to vote today on repealing part of the scandal-trained HB 6 law that provides $1 billion in subsidies for two nuclear plants. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
• Ohio regulators will consider expanding their audit of FirstEnergy to examine additional questionable costs and a $4 million payment to an entity tied to former PUCO Chairman Sam Randazzo. (Cleveland.com)
• FirstEnergy cut ties with three more statehouse lobbyists last month as the company continues to cooperate with a public corruption investigation. (Dayton.com)

SOLAR:
• Developers continue to meet with local residents over plans for a 375 MW solar project near Madison, Wisconsin. (News & Independent)
• Local officials consider a developer’s request to make special payments to local schools instead of taxes as part of a planned 1,410-acre solar project in northwestern Ohio. (LimaOhio.com)

PIPELINES:
• It remains unclear whether the Biden administration will intervene and attempt to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline after continued pressure from environmental and Indigenous groups. (Inforum)
• Canadian taxpayers will be on the hook for up to $1.3 billion in costs related to the now-defunct Keystone XL pipeline, officials say. (Canadian Press)

WIND:
• A regional electric cooperative signs a 20-year agreement to purchase power from a planned 44 MW wind project in western Illinois. (Journal Courier)
• North Dakota lawmakers pass a bill that would allow state regulators to waive requirements that wind projects install technology that mitigate blinking red lights on turbines. (Bismarck Tribune)

CARBON CAPTURE: A $2 billion pipeline project would carry carbon dioxide from Midwest ethanol plants to a site in North Dakota where it would be stored underground. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: A Nebraska engineering research team is developing a new barrier material that could make deep geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel safer. (Nebraska Today)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the U.S. needs to boost domestic production of minerals used to make electric vehicles if it can be done sustainably. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Kansas regulators will open seven investigations into utility company practices as the fallout from last month’s cold weather and rolling blackouts continues. (KSHB)

COAL: The remaining portions of a former Dynegy coal plant in southern Illinois are set to be demolished over the weekend. (Alton Telegraph)

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.