SOLAR: Minnesota solar developers say a state law requiring community solar subscribers to live near projects is limiting growth. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Ohio regulators set public hearings for two solar projects totaling 435 MW of capacity. (Farm and Dairy)
• Eastern Michigan township officials extend a moratorium on new solar projects as local planners draft zoning regulations. (Sanilac County News)

PIPELINES:
• Minnesota appeals court judges raise doubts about whether Enbridge and state regulators properly forecasted demand to justify the need to expand Line 3. (Duluth News Tribune)
• Law enforcement agencies prepare for an increase in Line 3 pipeline protests this spring as construction nears the Mississippi River. (The Intercept)

RENEWABLES:
• NIPSCO signs agreements to buy power from a 204 MW solar project and purchase a 200 MW wind project after it is built in northwestern Indiana. (Times of Northwest Indiana)
• Indiana county officials object to proposed wind and solar siting rules that they call an “assault on local home rule.” (WLFI)
• Siting large wind and solar projects may prove to be a land use challenge under President Biden’s clean energy targets, researchers say. (E&E News, subscription)

ADVOCACY: Wisconsin lawmakers pass a bill approving $900,000 in annual funding for an independent nonprofit that advocates for utility customers in rate cases. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• A North Dakota tribal leader urges state lawmakers to change an oil tax sharing agreement with the state to bring more equity and certainty. (Bismarck Tribune)
• St. Louis-area natural gas customers could see bills increase by 15% as a result of supply shortages during last month’s cold weather snap. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FINANCE: A Wisconsin farming cooperative will offer farms low-interest loans to complete clean energy projects. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two Illinois school districts unveil electric school buses equipped with vehicle-to-grid technology allowing the bus batteries to store energy when it’s not immediately needed on the grid. (WMBD)

WIND:
• “I don’t speak in hyperbole when I say this bill ends the renewable energy industry in Kansas,” a clean energy lobbyist says of proposed restrictions on wind development that are drawing widespread opposition from clean energy supporters. (E&E News, subscription; Kansas Reflector)
• The legislation is pushed by GOP state Sen. Mike Thompson, who has been an outspoken critic of renewable energy and climate science. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

UTILITIES: Illinois regulators announce an agreement with utilities to limit outstanding customer debt and prevent utility disconnections related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Daily Energy Insider)

STORAGE: Clean energy advocates challenge grid operator MISO’s request for a three-year extension to comply with a federal order that energy storage be allowed to participate in wholesale markets. (RTO Insider, subscription)

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.