CLIMATE: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz sets a more aggressive goal to reach 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040 amid a series of climate change proposals. (Star Tribune)

ALSO: Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown backs President Biden’s early climate change orders, saying Ohio residents will benefit by expanding clean energy jobs. (WTRF)

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SOLAR:
• A first-of-its-kind “renter equity” development in Detroit includes a community solar component to lessen renters’ utility burden. (Energy News Network)
• Minnesota regulators fine Xcel Energy $1 million for delays in connecting solar projects to the grid. (Star Tribune)
• Plans for a 100 MW solar project in southern Ohio receive more support than opposition during a public hearing this week. (Times-Gazette)
• Alliant Energy acquires a 100 MW solar project in southeastern Wisconsin. (Daily Energy Insider)

PIPELINES:
• Top North Dakota Republicans want President Biden to reconsider his decision to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit. (Associated Press)
• Keystone XL developer TC Energy still has strong appeal for investors as the canceled pipeline would indirectly benefit the company’s natural gas and nuclear segments, experts say. (S&P Global)
• Facing questions from Senate lawmakers over the canceled Keystone XL permit, Secretary of Transportation nominee Pute Buttigieg says the Biden administration plans to create more clean energy jobs overall. (E&E News, subscription)

POWER PLANTS: The Michigan Court of Appeals rules that state officials granted an air permit for a planned $1 billion natural gas plant without performing an ozone pollution analysis. (Port Huron Times Herald)

POLICY: Illinois is among a few states that may be poised to pass major statewide clean energy legislation as prospects for a sweeping federal bill remain slim. (Inside Climate News)

OIL & GAS: Public concern is growing over plans for a southeastern Ohio natural gas storage facility that would support a proposed ethane cracker plant. (WTOV)

WIND:
• Michigan researchers lead a study of four Midwestern states to help determine what drives local opposition and support for wind projects. (Grist)
• County officials around Lincoln, Nebraska, are yet to reach agreement on proposed wind energy regulations. (Lincoln Journal Star)

BIOFUELS:
• Iowa ethanol production dropped 12% in 2020 based on a drop in demand during the pandemic and biofuel blending exemptions. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley calls the Trump administration’s last-minute granting of biofuel waivers to oil refiners a “disgrace to the biofuels community.” (Radio Iowa)

COMMENTARY: President Biden’s move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline is a major victory for the climate, but additional pipeline battles remain, says author and activist Bill McKibben. (New Yorker)

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.