Correction: A developer is proposing to install ten wind turbines that would stand 670-feet tall. An earlier version of this digest incorrectly stated the height. 

UTILITIES: Ohio consumer advocates want state regulators to pause utility shut offs again and investigate a surge in disconnections that have increased to pre-pandemic levels for some utilities. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• State regulators approve plans for three Wisconsin utilities to spend nearly $90 million on pollution controls at a 1,268 MW coal plant that’s slated to be converted to natural gas. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• More than 100 residents are suing the owner of a former coal plant in southwestern Ohio, claiming that the storage of coal ash in unlined ponds near the Ohio River risks an environmental disaster. (WCPO)
• Some Illinois coal miners are resisting the state’s transition to clean energy that is likely to eliminate coal jobs in the coming decades, saying their current work comes with good pay and camaraderie. (Bellevue News-Democrat)

TRANSMISSION: Minnesota regulators approve the transfer of ownership of a 436-mile transmission line from a large North Dakota coal plant to the Twin Cities. (E&E News)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge is seeking to strike testimony from a longtime pipeline expert who says a Michigan agency is downplaying the potential risk of an explosion within a proposed tunnel for Line 5. (MiBiz)
• The developer of a planned liquid carbon dioxide pipeline through Iowa is nearly finished with public informational meetings and plans to formally petition regulators in May to build it. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

WIND:
• An unnamed developer has proposed installing ten, 670-foot tall wind turbines in southern Wisconsin, which would likely be the tallest in the state. (Beloit Daily News)
• A wind project owner repowers a 54 MW wind project in Illinois that first came online in 2005 and will now provide power for Amazon. (Renewables Now)

BIOENERGY: An Iowa company is using leftover corn stalks to produce biomethane gas for utilities. (KCCI)

FRAC SAND: Wisconsin’s frac sand mining industry has reached an equilibrium after more than a decade of boom and bust cycles, says a researcher who advises the industry. (Leader-Telegram)

COMMENTARY: The Kansas Corporation Commission “sure seems like” a lapdog for utilities like Evergy, and it “sure as heck doesn’t seem to be much of a watchdog” for consumers, an editorial board writes. (Kansas City Star)

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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.