PIPELINES: The Biden administration is reconsidering a penalty against a North Dakota pipeline owner for trespassing on tribal land after it was dramatically reduced by the Trump administration. (Inside Climate News)

ALSO:
• An environmental review concludes the Line 3 pipeline would increase Minnesota’s greenhouse gas emissions but state regulators disagree with the assessment. (Star Tribune)
• Activists grow increasingly concerned about Line 3 construction reaching the Mississippi River as temperatures increase and ice melts. (NBC News)
• The Keystone XL pipeline has been halted, but a criminal case against two protesters continues in South Dakota, where Cheyenne River Sioux activists maintain a small protest camp and residents hold nuanced views on the project’s cancellation. (Rapid City Journal)

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EMISSIONS: The Nebraska Public Power District could drastically reduce carbon emissions over the next three decades at little or no cost to ratepayers, a pair of studies produced for the utility find. (Energy News Network)

GEOTHERMAL: A new geothermal project in Minneapolis that will use existing underground water as a kind of thermal storage system would be among the first in the U.S. (MinnPost)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois auto dealers are suing the state and electric vehicle startup Rivian for selling vehicles directly to customers. (Chicago Tribune)

COAL: A proposed amendment would change an Indiana law to allow the state to approve coal ash waste permits rather than the U.S. EPA. (WFYI)

SOLAR: A Minnesota township adopts a moratorium on solar projects after a series of plans move forward. (Mankato Free Press)

WIND:
• Some southeastern Kansas residents support a proposed bill calling for more restrictive statewide wind energy regulations, citing concerns with developments that have already taken place. (Morning Sun)
• Minnesota regulators approve a power purchase agreement between Xcel Energy and a 200 MW Iowa wind project that the utility calls the “last good-priced” wind available in MISO’s territory. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: North Dakota environmental activists raise concerns about a proposed state clean energy fund they argue would prop up privately owned fossil fuel companies. (Inforum)

NUCLEAR: A physicians group seeks to block the 20-year license extension proposed for Wisconsin’s only nuclear plant. (Wisconsin State Journal)

RENEWABLES:
• Michigan’s 15% renewable portfolio standard levels off this year, though utilities and some advocates say lower costs and consumer demand are driving investments far beyond state mandates. (MiBiz)
• Indiana lawmakers face an April 8 deadline to pass a bill creating statewide siting regulations for wind and solar projects. (The Republic)

TRANSPORTATION: The North Dakota Senate votes against increasing the state’s gasoline tax to help pay for infrastructure projects. (Inforum)

BIOFUELS: Nebraska lawmakers advance legislation that would bar ethanol plants from using chemically treated seed corn in response to a facility in the state under scrutiny for the practice. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Grid operators MISO and Southwest Power Pool won’t take on a major interregional transmission study this year, officials announced last week. (RTO Insider, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A top state GOP lawmaker in Indiana says a bill creating statewide regulations for wind and solar projects would still benefit local communities and drive renewable energy development. (Indianapolis Star)

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.