PIPELINES: Enbridge forecasts the Line 3 pipeline replacement project will cost nearly $1 billion more than planned based on regulatory delays, winter construction and COVID-19 protocols. (S&P Global)

• Two federal attorneys representing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers withdraw from an ongoing case involving the Dakota Access pipeline. (Reuters)
• Investigations continue into the clash more than four years ago between law enforcement and Dakota Access pipeline activists. (Associated Press)

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WIND: Developers are seeking property leases with landowners for a planned 360 MW wind project in northern Ohio. (Bucyrus Telegraph Forum)

• General Motors unveils two new, lower cost electric vehicle models that seek to appeal to more drivers. (Detroit News)
• St. Louis adopts a series of regulations requiring electric vehicle readiness and charging infrastructure on certain new construction and rehabilitation projects. (KSDK)

BIOFUELS: A proposal by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to require almost all gasoline sold to contain at least 10% ethanol raises concerns about consumer choice and added cost. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

UTILITIES: Evergy is among Midwest utilities asking natural gas customers to conserve energy as supplies are constrained during cold weather in the Southwest Power Pool territory. (Kansas City Star)

• Proposed legislation in Indiana would prohibit local governments from adopting stricter wind and solar regulators than statewide guidelines. (WFYI)
• A University of Wisconsin campus says it’s the first school campus in the state to achieve a 100% renewable energy portfolio. (WAOW)

OHIO: The Cleveland City Council issues two more subpoenas seeking information about nonprofits that were allegedly used to undermine the city’s utility. (Cleveland Scene)

POLICY: Minnesota legislative leaders say bipartisan agreement on a more aggressive emission-reduction plan is unlikely. (RTO Insider)

FINANCE: A northern Illinois county opts into the state’s property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program to help facilitate private clean energy investments. (Rockford Register Star)

• A University of Wisconsin campus plans to build a 2.4 MW solar project that’s expected to reduce energy costs by 17%. (Wisconsin State Farmer)
• Developers are set to provide more public information for a planned 100 MW solar project in central Ohio. (Marion Star)
• Ann Arbor, Michigan, officials discuss the growing role solar will play as part of the city’s carbon neutrality goal. (Michigan Daily)

GRID: Smart thermostats are key to Dayton Power & Light’s plan to modernize its electric grid, clean energy advocates say. (Dayton Daily News)

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• The CEO of South Dakota-based Black Hills Corp. says he is undeterred by climate advocates pushing for natural gas bans in some areas of the country. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• North Dakota’s oil production dipped slightly in December while officials say uncertainty remains with the pandemic and Biden administration policies. (Minot Daily News)

• Ohio lawmakers should prioritize rewriting the state’s scandal-tainted power plant subsidy law and expel the former House Speaker at the center of the controversy, an editorial board writes. (Akron Beacon Journal)
• A planned Iowa solar project will “generate a lot of needed electricity without putting any pollution or greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” an editorial board writes. (Fort Dodge Messenger)
• A Minnesota farmer says mandating electric vehicles would be detrimental to the state’s agriculture sector, which is a key ethanol producer. (Mankato Free Press)
• Consumers Energy is limiting itself by seeking to procure specific, existing natural gas capacity when it could explore more clean energy options, an analyst says. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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.