ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The dispute over recently canceled permits for a proposed northern Minnesota mine shows how difficult it could be to build up a domestic supply of minerals needed for electric vehicles. (MPR News)
• A Missouri lawmaker proposes a bill that would require counties to cover the costs of equipping businesses with electric vehicle charging infrastructure in communities that require it on new facilities or renovations. (News Tribune)

PIPELINES: Wisconsin regulators heard more than 10 hours of testimony this week in support of and against Enbridge’s plan to reroute a portion of Line 5 around tribal land in northern Wisconsin. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

HYDROELECTRIC:
• To account for drought conditions, the power output from six dams along the Missouri River fell below average in 2021, which could ultimately shift costs onto ratepayers. (Associated Press)
• Michigan lawmakers propose legislation that would give state regulators more power to enforce environmental cleanups in response to a hydropower dam operator’s stalled sediment cleanup. (WMUK)

SOLAR: Local officials will hold public hearings next week on a pair of proposed solar projects in eastern Iowa totaling 250 MW of capacity. (Clinton Herald)

CLIMATE: Michigan officials will delay the final draft of a statewide climate plan by a month based on an “overwhelming” amount of public feedback so far. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: Grid operator PJM files a plan with federal regulators to create a framework for distributed energy resources like rooftop solar and battery storage to participate in the open market starting in 2026. (Utility Dive)

HOUSING: Climate-friendly affordable housing projects are becoming increasingly common in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but it’s unclear whether the concept can gain local support in more communities. (Bridge Michigan)

GRID: Michigan’s largest municipal utility has increased its tree trimming since a powerful ice storm eight years ago, and utility officials say it is improving electric reliability. (City Pulse)

COMMENTARY:
• Kansas legislation that would make it much more difficult to develop, and for local governments to regulate, wind projects poses economic risks for the state, a University of Kansas researcher writes. (Topeka Capital-Journal)
• Indiana lawmakers refuse to consider bills that would take meaningful action on climate change while moving legislation that offer “false climate solutions,” a Sierra Club official writes. (Indiana Environmental Reporter)
• Michigan’s draft climate plan needs more action items to reduce emissions from buildings and homes, clean energy 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.