OIL & GAS: A series of bills in Ohio would block local governments’ attempts to limit natural gas use and prevent bans on oil and gas pipelines. (Cleveland.com)

ALSO:
• Illinois lawmakers reintroduce legislation to eliminate gas utility surcharges that allow companies to charge customers for infrastructure projects with limited oversight. (Capital News Illinois)
• Ohio’s largest oil and gas producer plans to cut spending this year and hold production at 2020 levels as the industry takes a more conservative financial approach. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
• Kansas natural gas utilities face enormous bills for gas purchases made during last month’s streak of cold weather, leading consumer advocates to call for reforms. (Lawrence Journal-World)
• Officials with Midwest gas utility Spire detail early steps to achieving the company’s net zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. (S&P Global)

RENEWABLES: Southwest Power Pool sets a record renewable energy penetration level at 81%, causing wholesale power prices to dive. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
• Three of Wisconsin’s largest utilities seek to purchase a 250 MW solar project along with 75 MW of battery storage for $446 million. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Local officials in western Minnesota advance plans for a 50 MW solar project. (Daily Journal)
• Ohio researchers are part of a team developing new coatings that could allow solar PV cells to last six times longer than normal. (PV Magazine)

WIND: County officials in southwestern Iowa take no action on a proposed wind energy moratorium after finding no evidence that turbines are a public health threat. (KMALand)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Foxconn officials are considering making electric vehicles at the company’s highly anticipated plant in Wisconsin. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Actress Jane Fonda joins ongoing protests in Minnesota against the Line 3 replacement and expansion project. (Common Dreams)

UTILITIES: The president of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is stepping down to relocate to Australia for unspecified personal reasons. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

CARBON CAPTURE: Minnesota and North Dakota utilities back new federal legislation that would modernize tax credits to support carbon capture projects. (Daily Energy Insider)

EFFICIENCY: The Illinois attorney general joins a coalition urging the Biden administration to resume updates to appliance energy efficiency standards. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: A Minnesota physician says statewide transportation emission standards would curb vehicle air pollution while still giving consumers choices on new models. (MinnPost)

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.