PIPELINES: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says Enbridge would be intentionally trespassing on state land and the state would seize its profits from Line 5 while it remains open after a state-ordered shutdown. (Detroit News)

ALSO:
• Canadian officials say that shutting down Line 5 could undermine diplomatic relationships with the U.S. (Reuters)
• The Line 5 standoff puts the Biden administration in yet another difficult pipeline position as it balances oil and gas infrastructure with climate goals. (E&E News, subscription)

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FINANCE: A large Illinois pork processing plant uses commercial property assessed clean energy (C-PACE) financing to build an onsite solar installation, which advocates hope will inspire other industries. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Michigan regulators will require utilities to track the public health and environmental justice impacts of their fossil fuel plants as part of long-term energy plans. (Planet Detroit)

OIL & GAS:
• Two federal agencies appeal a court ruling that would prohibit them from issuing new permits to drill for oil and gas in Ohio’s only national forest. (Reuters)
• North Dakota’s library that stores rock samples from oil and gas development has greatly expanded as the industry grows and evolves. (Bismarck Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Consumer advocates raise concerns about CenterPoint Energy’s plan to provide fewer credits to rooftop solar customers who provide excess power to Indiana’s grid. (WFYI)
• Cleveland officials advance plans to install solar panels at 15 city-owned buildings to help cut costs and achieve emission-reduction goals. (Cleveland.com)
• County officials approve a revised tax abatement for Duke Energy’s planned 175 MW solar project in western Indiana. (Tribune Star)
• Electric cooperative officials say two solar projects in southeastern Kansas will help provide rate stability for customers in the coming years. (KSNF)
• Township officials narrowly approve plans for a 150 MW solar project in southeastern Michigan. (Daily Telegram)

WIND:
• Michigan has the most potential for offshore wind generation among Great Lakes states, according to a new report for clean energy advocates, though significant technological and policy barriers remain. (Great Lakes Echo)
• A Kansas wind project can now meet 100% percent of the electricity needs of Kansas City International Airport and several nearby government facilities. (KSHB)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Michigan officials approve $1.8 million in grants for 88 electric vehicle fast-charging stations at 32 locations along key travel routes. (WILX)

RENEWABLES: More large scale wind and solar projects are expected in Wisconsin, which advocates say will provide new revenue for landowners and local governments. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

TRANSPORTATION: Missouri lawmakers vote to gradually increase the state’s gasoline tax over the next five years to help fund road and bridge repairs. (KTVI)

COMMENTARY: Columbus, Ohio’s newly launched renewable energy aggregation program “isn’t just good for the environment; it’s a win for the economy and labor market, too,” advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Andy Balaskovitz

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.