PIPELINES: Wisconsin officials order Enbridge to investigate the extent of contamination from a 2019 pipeline spill that leaked more than 1,200 gallons of petroleum products. (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALSO:
• Indigenous youth activists call on the Biden administration to cancel the Line 3 and Dakota Access pipelines. (DeSmog)
• Exxon Mobil files a breach of contract lawsuit against Energy Transfer over disputed payments for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Reuters)

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SUSTAINABILITY: A planned $3.6 billion redevelopment planned along Chicago’s Near South Side lakeshore focuses on equity and sustainability with a mix of affordable housing and a highly efficient pavilion. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Clean energy advocates say advertising from nonprofits closely linked to Michigan’s largest utilities is misleading about legislation to expand rooftop solar programs. (Interlochen Public Radio)
• County officials in northwestern Indiana adopt new setback and screening requirements for solar projects, though one official says they could be too restrictive. (WKVI)
• Sixteen landowners have signed leases for a large-scale solar project still under development in mid-Michigan. (Greenville Daily News)
• Alliant Energy partners with local officials to build a 1 MW solar project on a central Iowa brownfield property. (Solar Power World)

FINANCE: Missouri is among just three states to offer residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, which consumer advocates say can take the form of predatory loans for low-income homeowners. (Bloomberg Green) 

RENEWABLES: U.S. local governments set a record for renewable energy purchases in 2020 with 143 transactions, up 19% from the year before, according to an analysis. (Utility Dive)

TRANSMISSION: Disjointed transmission planning, including in the Midwest and Great Plains, is blocking renewable energy development that’s needed to decarbonize the power grid, according to a new analysis. (E&E News, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: North Dakota lawmakers consider multiple proposals to provide revenue for a clean energy fund supporting technologies to reduce emissions. (Bismarck Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A South Dakota agency wants 15% of the state’s Volkswagen settlement funds to help pay for more electric vehicle fast-charging stations. (KELO)

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INFRASTRUCTURE: GOP officials increasingly voice criticism over President Biden’s infrastructure plan for not focusing specifically on oil and gas pipelines. (HuffPost)

COMMENTARY: A U.S. power macrogrid could interconnect regions with strong energy resources to areas with high demand, says an Iowa State University engineering researcher. (The Conversation)

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.