RENEWABLES: An Ohio Senate committee is set to take up legislation today that would give townships unprecedented control over wind and solar development. (Energy News Network)

UTILITIES: Minnesota utilities dispute a state agency’s analysis that accuses the companies of mismanaging natural gas supplies during February’s arctic cold blast. (Star Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• The Dakota Access pipeline is in a much stronger position to continue operating after a recent court ruling and the Biden administration’s decision not to seek further intervention. (S&P Global)
• A federal judge denies North Dakota’s request to intervene in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s case against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ over the Dakota Access pipeline. (Bismarck Tribune)
• The Line 5 pipeline was built in the early 1950s when the U.S. was pursuing alternatives to shipping oil by tanker vessels, historians explain. (UpNorthLive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors says production of its Endurance truck this year will be half of prior expectations as the company seeks additional capital to execute its plans. (Reuters)
• Indiana will distribute $5.5 million in Volkswagen settlement funds to utilities to build electric vehicle charging stations. (WFYI)

SOLAR:
• Construction is set to begin on a planned solar project in northwestern Illinois. (Star Courier)
• The University of Illinois is in the final stages of a solar project that includes planting pollinator habitat at the Urbana-Champaign campus. (Daily Illini)

BIOFUELS: Iowa lawmakers and industry groups are expected to resume negotiations this summer over a proposed statewide biofuels mandate that failed to pass this legislative session. (KMALand)

EMISSIONS: Next week is the one-year anniversary of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s community-wide carbon neutrality plan. (MLive)

OIL & GAS: U.S. House lawmakers are set to consider bills this week that would enhance efforts to clean up abandoned coal mines and plug orphaned oil and gas wells. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• High costs and a lack of charging infrastructure are slowing deployment of electric vehicles, says a Missouri environmental advocate. (Columbia Missourian)
• Indigenous author and activist Winona LaDuke says pipeline protests against Enbridge in Minnesota and Michigan share similarities. (Inforum)

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.