• First Solar’s manufacturing plant in Toledo, Ohio, is expected to play a key role in helping to achieve the Biden administration’s renewable energy goals while also reducing dependence on China. (Washington Post)
• The Biden administration releases a clean energy blueprint that shows how the U.S. could generate 45% of its electricity from solar by 2050. (New York Times)

OIL & GAS: Ohio legislation that would eliminate regulations for using produced water from oil and gas wells as a de-icer on roads is “literally a radioactive subsidy” for the industry, critics say. (Energy News Network)

• Ann Arbor, Michigan, officials want to further examine the pros and cons of creating a municipally owned utility, which could be put to city voters as early as next year. (MLive)
• The Nebraska Public Power District releases a draft plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which could indirectly benefit a local utility that produces hydroelectric power. (Columbus Telegram)
• Environmental and consumer advocates say it is “simply unconscionable” for Ameren Missouri to seek a nearly $300 million rate increase for clean energy and grid improvements as many customers continue to struggle paying bills. (Missouri Independent)

GRID: Indiana Michigan Power’s plan to replace 30 miles of outdated transmission lines in northeastern Indiana has raised concerns among some landowners about where the new infrastructure will be placed. (WANE)

• An Indiana municipal utility releases a $26 million plan to dispose of coal ash at one of its power plants to comply with federal law. (Richmond Palladium-Item)
• The lead engineer at an Illinois municipal utility says a recent coal ash release was caused by human error and shouldn’t be a catalyst to close the facility as some environmental advocates have demanded. (WICS)

WIND: County officials in southeastern Nebraska advance more restrictive wind energy regulations that could make it difficult to develop projects. (News Channel Nebraska)

EFFICIENCY: A Wisconsin college’s student union, recreation and athletic facility is recognized with an energy efficiency award from Gov. Tony Evers. (Beloit Daily News)

BIOFUELS: A draft U.S. House budget bill includes $1 billion for biofuel infrastructure and increasing the usage of biofuel-blended fuels. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

COMMENTARY: President Biden should block the remaining construction on the Line 3 pipeline similar to how he revoked a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a Wisconsin editorial board says. (Madison Capital Times)

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.