COAL: Local officials say the upcoming decommissioning of a large Michigan coal plant along Lake Michigan presents a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to repurpose lakefront property. (MLive)

NUCLEAR: Federal nuclear regulators suspend their review of an application to extend the operating license for a Wisconsin nuclear plant while they complete a new review of environmental impacts. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS: North Dakota could collect $372 million in additional revenue from a price-triggered tax increase on oil producers as oil prices near record highs. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: First Solar’s $680 million investment to expand its Ohio solar manufacturing site should be completed in the summer of 2023 and create 700 full-time jobs. (Spectrum News)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL developer asks South Dakota regulators to consider nearly all project activities in the state officially ended, which would release a $15.6 million road bond and remove a public liaison officer. (KELO)

BIOFUELS: Iowa’s U.S. senators say biofuels “provide a quick and easy solution for lowering prices at the pump” as gasoline prices continue rising. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

EMISSIONS: A Minnesota Senate committee advances GOP legislation that would block a state agency from adopting clean car standards, though its prospects are unclear in the Democratic-controlled House. (Associated Press)

• Automakers need to plan greater environmental protections and better pay for workers as they transition to electric vehicle production, according to a panel of investors, labor officials and human rights activists. (Reuters)
• Michigan lawmakers formally authorize the transfer of $666 million of state funds to finalize incentives for General Motors’ planned electric vehicle and battery manufacturing expansion. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators plan to create a new reporting system to hold utilities accountable on outages that will require data on system reliability, outages and storm response. (MLive) 

• University of Kansas officials announce that wind energy supplied nearly 85% of the school’s electricity usage in 2021. (Lawrence Journal-World)
• North Dakota regulators fine Xcel Energy $4,500 for failing to install technology that limits red blinking lights by the end of last year. (Inforum)

TRANSMISSION: State regulators and utilities generally support MISO’s plan to allocate costs for certain transmission projects across north and south subregions instead of its entire grid territory. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: An Iowa editorial board says it’s “high time we get serious” about transitioning to renewable energy and clean transportation fuels in light of recent global events. (Storm Lake Times)

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.