COAL: Wisconsin consumer advocates call for the increased use of securitization, a tool to refinance coal debt with low-interest bonds to protect ratepayers as plants close early. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Three environmental groups threaten to sue Ameren over alleged Clean Water Act violations involving coal ash discharges from a coal plant north of St. Louis. (Alton Telegraph)

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RENEWABLES:
• A GOP-sponsored bill in Ohio would indefinitely continue the state’s renewable energy standards that are scheduled to phase out under a law at the center of a bribery scandal. (Cleveland.com)
• An Indiana county considers adopting local regulations for wind and solar projects to replace countywide rules. (Princeton Daily Clarion)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Foxconn is considering building or designing electric vehicles at its planned factory in eastern Wisconsin as it partners with a California company to produce more than 250,000 vehicles a year. (Racine Journal Times, Reuters)
• Ford CEO Jim Farley calls on the federal government to support battery production and charging infrastructure as the company plans electric platforms for its top-selling trucks, vans and SUVs. (Reuters)

PIPELINES: The Biden administration asks a federal appeals court to dismiss litigation over the presidential permit approved for the Keystone XL pipeline now that the project has been canceled. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID:
• Utilities across the northern U.S. have prepared their systems for extreme cold weather, though challenges remain for planners to maintain reliability as more coal plants come offline. (E&E News, subscription)
• Rolling blackouts helped states in the Southwest Power Pool avoid cascading grid failures last week that could have caused outages for days or weeks, a Kansas State University researcher says. (Kansas Reflector)
• Ameren Missouri has completed roughly 1,500 projects over the past two years meant to bolster reliability on the power grid. (FOX2 Now)

POLITICS: Republican-held congressional districts running through the middle of the U.S. have the most potential for wind and solar jobs and could be key for clean energy political strategies, a study finds. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: State regulators approve plans for a 274 MW solar project in southern Ohio. (Farm and Dairy)

POLICY: The U.S. Senate will likely vote today on confirming former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as the Biden administration’s energy secretary. (Detroit News)

OIL & GAS: The North Dakota House passes legislation that broadens potential investments from the state’s oil tax savings account, including loans and capital for infrastructure projects. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Missouri lawmakers should reject legislation that would allow utilities to charge additional fees on customers that generate their own solar power, an editorial board says. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Ohio’s registration fees for electric vehicles are “punitive” and stifling adoption, says the CEO of a Cleveland mobility and EV car sharing firm. (Cleveland.com) 

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.