ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Kansas City pilot project seeks to install electric vehicle chargers on 30 to 60 streetlights this year as a way to improve charging access. (Energy News Network)

OHIO:
• The Ohio Senate unanimously votes to repeal HB 6 nuclear plant subsidies while leaving other components of the scandal-tainted law in place. (Cleveland.com)
• FirstEnergy discloses that a $4.3 million payment made to former utility regulator Sam Randazzo before his appointment was meant to benefit the company. (Energy and Policy Institute)

PIPELINES: Minnesota activists mark the 30th anniversary of a major inland oil spill from the Line 3 pipeline, which Enbridge is seeking to replace and expand. (MPR News)

OIL & GAS:
• Kansas is among states looking to prevent local natural gas bans after Lawrence officials adopted a 100% renewable energy target. (NPR)
• Proposed legislation in Indiana would also limit local governments from banning any specific fuel sources for home heating and appliances. (Indianapolis Star)
• Ameren Illinois is set to begin replacing 11 miles of outdated natural gas pipelines in the Champaign area. (WAND)

NUCLEAR: A Missouri nuclear plant has been offline for two months as Ameren officials replace “significant components” at the facility. (News Tribune)

UTILITIES: Kansas lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation that would help cities facing massive energy bills after last month’s cold weather. (Topeka Capital Journal)

SOLAR:
• Developers provide local officials with more details on a planned 250 MW solar project in western Indiana. (Sullivan Daily Times)
• Solar advocates launch a cooperative group-buying program in Cincinnati as interest in home installations grows. (Spectrum News)

MICROGRIDS: County officials in the Cleveland area consider a microgrid plan that would involve a $500,000 investment before turning the development and operation over to a contractor. (Cleveland.com)

FINANCE: U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says she is ready to revamp a $40 billion federal loan program for clean energy. (Reuters)

GRID: Utility and grid officials discuss last month’s rolling blackouts with Nebraska lawmakers, who expressed frustration about how the electricity challenges were handled. (Omaha World-Herald)

BIOFUELS: Climate legislation introduced by U.S. House Democrats this week would end the EPA’s practice of withholding names of companies that receive exemptions from biofuel blending requirements. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Renewed federal interest in climate change action means opportunities for Indiana in wind, solar and auto manufacturing, says the head of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (Indianapolis Star)
• “Ensuring the rights of Native people are respected is critical” as the U.S. and Canada set out to craft bilateral climate policies following the cancelation of the Keystone XL pipeline, a journalist writes. (Vox)
• MISO and the Southwest Power Pool need stronger transmission connections to improve grid resiliency that fell short last month, a consultant says. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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.