OHIO: A federal judge abruptly ends a court hearing after a FirstEnergy attorney refuses to disclose the name of a senior executive who oversaw bribe payments to a dark money group. (Associated Press)

ALSO: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will not allow the state’s consumer advocate to subpoena an auditor as it seeks information about financial allegations surrounding FirstEnergy. (Toledo Blade)

• Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs a bill into law that will make it harder for homeowners associations to prohibit residents from installing solar panels. (Indianapolis Star)
• A nearly 50-acre Illinois solar project first approved in 2018 may be back on track as it qualifies for a new round of state renewable energy incentives. (Kankakee Daily Journal)
• A southwestern Chicago suburb joins an area community solar program that will allow homes and businesses to offset their electricity usage with solar. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will visit a large Michigan manufacturer of solar panel components to highlight the domestic clean energy industry. (MLive)

PIPELINES: While Republicans call for reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, the developer says it will not proceed after pulling infrastructure and ending permits for the canceled project. (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

• The Indiana Supreme Court overturns part of a Duke Energy rate increase approved in 2020, saying it could not retroactively recover more than $200 million in costs to shut down coal ash ponds. (WISH)
• The North Dakota Public Service Commission receives more than $2.8 million in federal funding to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal mines. (KFYR)

• Electric truck startup Rivian reported a $4.7 billion net loss in 2021 as various supply chain delays hampered vehicle production. (Forbes)
• The Missouri House passes legislation that would prohibit cities from adopting building codes that require businesses to install electric vehicle chargers unless the municipality pays for them. (Missouri Independent)
• An Indiana University environmental economist says switching to electric vehicles would make the U.S. more energy independent from a turbulent oil market. (Indiana Public Media)

UTILITIES: DTE Energy Executive Chairman Gerry Anderson will retire this summer after 30 years with the company. (Detroit News)

OIL & GAS: An Indigenous leader in Wisconsin compares oil pipelines and U.S. fossil fuel demand to heroin addiction: “We’re hooked on oil. We’re hooked on gas. We’re hooked on degrading our world.” (Racine Journal Times)

BIOFUELS: A Twin Cities-area company that sells cooking oil to 32,000 commercial kitchens across the country then retrieves it to be used as a biodiesel feedstock is seeing strong growth. (Star Tribune)

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.