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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators rule that WEC Energy Group utilities can’t use ratepayer funds to subsidize home EV charging stations. (Wisconsin State Journal)

COAL: Groups involved in a settlement agreement over the closing of an Illinois coal plant say it could be a model for helping communities transition from plant closures. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• The Omaha Public Power District board approves plans for a 600 MW solar project, which would be the largest in Nebraska. (KPTM)
• An affordable housing development planned in Ann Arbor, Michigan, seeks to address the climate crisis with solar generation and other clean energy features. (MLive)
• An Indiana county planning commission recommends extending a moratorium on large-scale solar projects for another year. (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
• Cuyahoga County in northern Ohio helps residents participate in a solar group-buying program to reduce installation costs. (News5)

RENEWABLES:
• Major utilities serving Wisconsin have pledged to significantly decarbonize their electric portfolios, though some are moving faster than others. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
• Wind and solar contracts between utilities and independent producers routinely exceed competitive market values, according to a study commissioned by an investor-owned utility trade group. (Solar Power World)

PIPELINES: Climate activists shut down a Chase bank branch in Wisconsin over the company’s financing of oil pipeline projects. (Isthmus)

WIND:
• A “micro” mill under construction in Missouri will be the first steel plant in the U.S. to be powered by wind energy. (E&E News, subscription)
• County officials in northern Ohio pass a resolution in support of state legislation that would allow a local referendum on wind projects. (Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune)
• A 106 MW wind project is expected to come online in North Dakota this month. (KFYR)

CLIMATE:
• Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will join other Democrats in introducing legislation for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which will likely face headwinds in the Senate. (Michigan Advance)
• Missouri convened a group of experts to start looking at climate impacts and mitigation efforts in 1989, though little action has resulted. (KRCU)
• Local officials in Madison, Wisconsin, formally reaffirm the city’s commitment to climate action as the U.S. begins to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. (Daily Cardinal)
• South Bend, Indiana, approves a climate action plan to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. (ABC57)

UTILITIES: Black Hills Corp. expects to spend $2.9 billion in capital investments through 2023 to cover new transmission lines and renewable energy. (Daily Energy Insider)

OIL & GAS: States across the Midwest face a propane shortage as supplies are needed to dry wet crops. (WCCO)

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